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Cote d'Ivoire - Culture



Cote d'Ivoire - Culture
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.62

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     challenging words:    aloco, grisgris, kedjenou, maquis, vendors, ceremonial, ethnic, traditional, soul, musical, region, history, marriage, death, evil, whatever
     content words:    Ivory Coast


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Cote d'Ivoire - Culture
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     If you are interested in African history, art, or music, Cote d'Ivoire is an excellent place to be. There are more than 60 different ethnic groups in the country. Each has its own unique culture.
 
2     Most of the people living in Cote d'Ivoire practice traditional religions involving ancestor worship. They believe that the dead are changed into spirits. These spirits often speak with the living. Through rituals, the living ask for their blessings. Medicine men, or juju priests, give out charms, tell fortunes, and give advice on how to be safe. They also bless grisgris. Grisgris are necklaces that keep away evil.
 
3     The Senoufo people have very strong beliefs. For many years, children are taught history and culture. When they are old enough, they are initiated into secret groups that have specific rules and customs—one for the males and one for the females. In these groups, people continue to learn customs, beliefs, and ways of living.

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