The True Colors Of Panamanian Culture

The diverse nature of Panamanian culture is something to look forward to. The Panamanian culture compliments the history of Panama. It has imbibed many influences over time. The colonial era settlements to the present times of multi-race communities and of course the native Indian people has left overriding influences to Panamanian culture. Panama was in control of the Spanish rule and this was another contributing reason to it’s cultural union. If you take a look into the Panama Canal region you will find a strong presence of the North American culture.

Panama customs by way of their music, their dance, their festivities, their literature and even their cuisine simply speak for themselves. Moreover, the co-existence of the many influences in Panamanian culture is strongly evident in how the people of Panama lead their lives. People inhabiting the urban areas, particularly the Panama Canal area (where the US army was based in the days when the construction work of the Canal was under progress), lead refined, sophisticated lives. In the spheres of art, architecture, music or sports, the cities represent a modern society, thanks to the US influence, which is much-too apparent.

Conversely, the Panama countryside with its cattle ranches and horses and Spanish folk songs, continues to be the stronghold of Hispanic culture. The native people of Panama restricted in the small land pockets here and there also continue to contribute immensely to Panamanian culture. Thus, the netted bags and beaded necklaces made by the Guaymí people and the brightly embroidered textiles called Molas have brought Panama’s artwork and handicrafts global appreciation. What’s more, the epic poems of the Kuna people focus another aspect of the culture of Panama.

Religion of Panama has it’s own charm as well. Panamanian culture also showcases dance and music of different forms. Thus, the traditional dance Tamborito introduced by the Spanish invaders borrows steps and rhythms from native dance forms. The influence of Afro-Caribbean music and that of other popular local music like salsas cannot be missed. Though Spanish is the preferred language for compositions, the themes, plots and even characters have their roots deep into the Panamanian culture. Festivities held year-round in Panama like the Carnaval or carnival, Festival of the Black Christ, Fair of Azuero, Semana Santa (or Easter Week), too uphold the land’s cultural medley. Most of the festivals are excellent blending of Pagan and Catholic beliefs and rituals.

Panamanian culture is truly a medley of a host of influences. Its rich culture is definitely rich in form, color and texture. The people of Panama and its historical places certainly reflect the depth and warmth of Panamanian culture.

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