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Paraguay Culture

Paraguay culture has many facets and has an extensive history. The culture comprises literature, music, cuisine, and other elements.

The cultural lineage of Paraguay can be drawn to the broad interracial marriage of the male Spanish colonists and female aboriginal Guaraní brides. Hence, the culture of the country is a blend of two heritages and cultures; the first one is the Southern Guaraní and the other is European. Over 93% of the people of the country are mestizos and this is the reason why the country is one of the most homogenous nations in Latin America. A prominent feature of the cultural blend is the widespread bilingualism existent till now.

Over 80% of the inhabitants in Paraguay talk in both the native language (Guaraní) and Spanish. Jopara, the blend of Spanish and Guaraní, is also spoken extensively.

The cultural blend is displayed in arts like lace making (ñandutí) and decorative needlework.

Cuisine of Paraguay

The culinary tradition of Paraguay is also profoundly influenced by the cultural blend. Many famous cuisines include manioc, a regional staple crop like the yuca root seen in Mexico and Southwestern United States and other endemic elements. Another famous cuisine is sopa paraguaya, which has a number of resemblances with chunky corn bread. Chipa is also a famous cuisine, which is a bagel-like bread manufactured from manioc, cornmeal, and cheese. Other cuisines comprise various types of onions, cheeses, cottage cheeses, bell pepper, flavors, eggs, milk, cornmeal, butter, and fresh corn grains.

Music of Paraguay

The music of Paraguay, which comprises peppy galopas, swinging polkas, and leisurely guaranfas, is played on the indigenous harp.

Literature and films in Paraguay

The 1950s and the 1960s witnessed the blossoming of the new age bracket of poets and authors like Roque Vallejos, José Ricardo Mazó, and Augusto Roa Bastos, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize. A number of films have been made in the country.

Social Life

Social life in Paraguay circles around an extended family of parents, kids, kinships, and godparents. The principal allegiance of the people of Paraguay is to their household and it successively is their backing and shelter. Household interests decide to a significant degree which political party they will become a member of, whom they will wed, what type of occupation they will go for, whether they will succeed in a lawsuit, and on certain occasions – whether they would be prudent to migrate for a period. Nevertheless, they are quite hospitable and cheering to the visitors.

Within the family, conventional values prevail. In lower categories, godparents have a particular association with the family, because normally they are selected due to their advantageous social status so that they can offer additional security for the kids. Specific regard is paid to them and reciprocally, the household can hope for security and support.