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    1. 1. Larry Nguyen<br />Costa Rican Culture<br />
    2. 2. “Pura Vida”<br /><ul><li>Common phrase in Costa Rica
    3. 3. Literal translation:
    4. 4. Pura – Pure
    5. 5. Vida – Life
    6. 6. Real meaning: “Plenty of life", “full of life“, "this is living!”
    7. 7. Phrase reflects Costa Rican’s philosophy of:
    8. 8. Strong community
    9. 9. Perseverance
    10. 10. Resilience in overcoming difficulties with good spirits
    11. 11. Enjoying life slowly
    12. 12. Celebrating good fortune of magnitudes small and large alike</li></li></ul><li>Religion<br /><ul><li>70.5% of the population identify themselves as Roman Catholics
    13. 13. 44.9% practicing & 25.6% non-practicing
    14. 14. 13.8% state they are Evangelical Protestants
    15. 15. 11.3% report that they do not have a religion
    16. 16. 4.3% declare that they belong to "another religion"</li></ul>Basilica Los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica<br />
    17. 17. Religion<br />Article 75 of the Costa Rican Constitution<br /><ul><li>States that the “Catholic, Apostolic, and Romanic Religion is the official religion of the Republic”
    18. 18. Provides for freedom of religion
    19. 19. The country’s government generally respects this right in practice
    20. 20. The US government found no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious belief or practice in 2007
    21. 21. However, it is widely acknowledged the Catholic Church is one of the most powerful, and wealthy, organizations in the country and that their social views heavily influence policy-making</li></ul>ARTICLE 75. The Roman Catholic and Apostolic Religion is the religion of the State, which contributes to its maintenance, without <br />preventing the free exercise in the Republic of other forms of worship that are not opposed to universal morality or good customs.<br />
    22. 22. Music<br />Popular music genres include:<br /><ul><li>Calypso music (a style of Afro-Caribbean music)
    23. 23. Disco
    24. 24. American and British rock and roll and pop (especially among urban youth)
    25. 25. Dance-oriented genres (soca, salsa, merengue, cumbia and Tex-Mex)
    26. 26. Mexican music</li></ul>Popular Calypso musician<br />Walter Ferguson of Cahuita, Costa Rica<br />Dancing at one of Cuba’s most popular dance club, Castro’s<br />
    27. 27. Music<br />Music Institutions<br /><ul><li>The Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra, formed in 1970, is a famous classical music performing organization
    28. 28. The Universidad de Costa Rica has a concert band and an orchestra
    29. 29. The National University, Universidad Nacional, has a resident string quartet and a Symphony Orchestra
    30. 30. Some well-known groups and performers include:
    31. 31. El Café Chorale
    32. 32. Three time winner of “The National Prize of Music”, the highest honor in the Arts in Costa Rica
    33. 33. Pianist Ismael Pacheco
    34. 34. Second Costa Rican pianist to have been performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York (2001) and also at the Musikverein in Germany (2007)</li></li></ul><li>Cuisine<br /><ul><li>Main staple is gallo pinto, which is a mix of rice and black beans
    35. 35. A Casado is a typical Costa Rican meal consisting of rice and black beans (served side by side), plantains, salad, a tortilla, and some type of meat (carne asada, fish, pork chop or chicken)
    36. 36. Arroz con Pollo (rice with chicken) is another popular dish and is usually served with a Russian Salad (a salad made with beets, potatoes, hard boiled eggs and mayo)</li></ul>Gallo pinto (left), casodo (middle), and arroz con pollo (right)<br />
    37. 37. Cuisine<br /><ul><li>Coffee and aguadulce, a sweet drink made from an ingredient similar to brown sugar, are traditional breakfast drinks
    38. 38. The traditional drinks for lunch are called “refrescos”, or “frescos “for short, and consist of liquefied fruits diluted in either water or milk and sweetened to taste
    39. 39. Granizado, a slush drink made of finely shaved ice and flavored syrup, is also a popular drink
    40. 40. The most popular flavor is kola, a fruity cherry flavored syrup, and It is usually served with evaporated, condensed milk, or both on top
    41. 41. The national liquor of Costa Rica, guaro, is made from sugarcane</li></ul>Refresco (above) and <br />Granizado (below)<br />
    42. 42. Art<br /><ul><li>In the early 19th century, wealthy Costa Ricans used to have their portraits painted by famous foreigners, usually European, who went to the country for holidays
    43. 43. Soon, some of these painters settled in the country and began teaching the natives techniques for drawing, oil painting, and sculpture
    44. 44. Current renowned Costa Rican painters include Gonzalo Morales Sáurez, Rafa Fernandez, and Fernando Carballo
    45. 45. Famous sculptors include Ibo Bonilla, Max Jimenez, and Mario Parra</li></ul>“Girl in front of Mirror” <br />by Gonzalo Morales Saurez<br />Sculpture by Ibo Bonilla<br />
    46. 46. Sources<br />Content:<br />Slide 2 –<br /><br />Slides 3+4 –<br /><br />Slide 4 Quote –<br /><br />Slides 5+6 –<br /><br />Slides 7+8 –<br /><br />Slide 9 –<br /><br />Images:<br />Slide 1 –<br /><br />Slide 2 –<br />(Above)<br />(Bottom left)<br />(Bottom right)<br />Slide 3 –<br />(Left)<br />(Right)<br /><br />
    47. 47. Sources<br />Images:<br />Slide 5 –<br />(Left)<br /><br />(Right)<br />Slide 7 –<br />(Left)<br />(Middle) <br /><br />(Right)<br /><br />Slide 8–<br />(Top)<br /><br />(Bottom)<br /><br />Slide 9 –<br />(Top)<br /><br />(Bottom)<br /><br />