By Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember

Just like the ten-volume Encyclopedia of global Cultures (Macmillan, 1996), the four-volume international locations and Their Cultures is predicated at the number of ethnographic details often called the Human relatives region records dependent at Yale college. in contrast to global Cultures, that is equipped via tradition, the hot paintings is equipped by means of state. This work's energy is that readers who comprehend little or no a few nation can speedy receive an excellent orientation to the most important concerns, heritage, and social constitution of a kingdom. The 225 entries are among ten and 20 pages lengthy and browse like a go among a well-written encyclopedia article, a shuttle advisor, and a social technological know-how essay. they supply a great common evaluate of a rustic with out drastically oversimplifying or distorting. All entries have an identical constitution, with sections on geography, heritage, demography, languages, nutrients, economic system, etiquette, politics, relations, faith, and humanities and arts. A country's measure of cultural team spirit in addition to its cultural adaptations are defined within the sections on nationwide id, ethnic family members, and social stratification. each one access has a map with a nearby insert, black-and-white pictures, and a bibliography of modern scholarly books. urged specifically for libraries that don't personal Encyclopedia of worldwide Cultures. Marc Meola, Coll. of latest Jersey Lib., Ewing

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1899 —DOUGLAS MIDGETT SAINT VINCENT AND THE CULTURE N AME Vincentians A LTERNATIVE N AMES The locals sometimes call the main island ‘‘Hairoun,’’ its Carib name. The term ‘‘Saint Vincent’’ is often used for the whole group, including the Grenadines. Symbolism. The national flag is a tricolor of green, gold, and blue, with a stylized V in the center— representing the rich foliage of the island, the sun, and the sea. All public buildings display the flag, as do many private homes. Vincentians dwell on the natural beauty of the islands: the volcano and the ‘‘black sand’’ of the beaches; the Vincentian parrot, an endangered endemic species; the rainforest of the interior; the beautiful views.

R ELIGION Religious Beliefs. Reflecting early French colonial control, the majority of Saint Lucians are Roman Catholics, although in recent years Protestant sects have converted many. Every village and many rural settlements have Catholic churches. Much of the clergy is now Saint Lucian, a change from colonial times when nearly all churches had French priests. All the Catholic holidays and sacraments are celebrated. Death and the Afterlife. Along with conventional religious funeral and burial practices, Saint Lucians stage and participate in wakes, the most important 1897 SAINT LUCIA of which occurs in the evening of the death.

All who have a share in the land have a right to its produce. Commercial Activities. The economy is a mixture of subsistence and plantation agriculture. In the capital, Kingstown, a market square is occupied on most days by women selling ‘‘ground provision,’’ produce from their gardens. Women also sell their produce in neighboring countries. A separate market in the capital is set up for fishermen. ’’ Whales, caught on the western side of Saint Vincent, are butchered and sold out of the town of Barroullie.

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