What Is The Role Of Religion In The Culture Of The Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is home to almost 11 million people. Located in the Caribbean just 90 minutes by plane from Miami, it shares the Hispaniola island with Haiti to the west. The Climate is Tropical year-round with an average temperature of 76°. Christopher Columbus discovered the island on his very first voyage in 1492. Shortly after the Spanish brought African slaves to the island to work the plantations. We will look the people and the culture of the Dominican Republic as it puritans to what the role of religion is in the culture, what the norms are for marriage, proper etiquette in the Dominican culture, cultural traditions, gender roles, and how certain values impact how people behave.

I. What is the Role
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II. What does marital success and family look like in this culture?1
There are three different types of marital unions in the DR these include church marriages, civil marriages, and consensual unions. Church marriages and civil marriages are dominant among the upper classes and the weddings can be expensive, while consensual unions are most common among the poor. This can be traced all the way back to the slave periods. During this time Slave families were broken up and marriages were not allowed. It is also important to note that the DR is a leader when it comes to the number of girls that get married before the age of 18. A startling 41% get married before they reach the age of 18. And almost 13% were married before they turned 15. Overall, marriage is an important part of life as a Dominican.

III. What are some proper etiquette rules?
When meeting someone the rules are not that much different than the American way of meeting someone new. A simple handshake with good eye contact and a welcoming smile is the norm. Although it is important to note that in the DR culture maintaining eye contact indicates interest and it may be considered rude not to make good eye contact. If you are invited to dinner it is expected to bring a small gift such as chocolates or pastries. It is important to note not to bring gifts that are purple or black as these indicate mourning colors. And expect the gift to be opened when it is received. Dominicans also take a lot of pride in
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