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  1. 1. Jeff Owens<br />Mauritius<br />
  2. 2. Religious Beliefs of Mauritius<br />48% Hindu<br />23% Roman Catholics<br />17% Muslim<br />9% Christian<br />
  3. 3. Hinduism<br />Polytheistic Belief system<br />One god in three different forms is worshipped, Lesser gods are also worshipped as are the wifes of Brahman<br />Hindus pray at temples<br />Hindus meditate to trandscend their egos<br />Meditation promotes open minedness and connection with oneself<br />
  4. 4. Hinduism<br />Hindus believe that most die and are reborn multiple times before reaching their final state. <br />It is believed that one can only improve the quality of one’s next life by collecting good karma.<br />Dawali, the festival of lights is celebrated to honor Lakshmi the goddess of wealth.<br />
  5. 5. Islam<br />Monotheistic<br />Believes in Prophets of Allah (God)<br />Quran is holy book but respects all of the holy books (old and new testiment)<br />Abstain from eating pork which is thought to be dirty<br />Believes that alcohol will impair their relationship to Allah as a result drinking is forbidden<br />
  6. 6. Islam<br />Salat (prayer) is made five times is traditionally made five times a day.<br />Prophet Muhammad is usually taught to be the final prophet and is recognized by many as a figure of Islam.<br />Muslims who are financially able are expected to make Hajj which is a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.<br />
  7. 7. Christianity<br />Believes in the trinity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost)<br />Believes Jesus is the son of god born from the virgin Mary<br />Celebrates Christmas to celebrate Jesus' Birth<br />Believes that Jesus was crucified and resurrected this is why Easter is celebrated<br />
  8. 8. Roman Catholicism<br />Catholics follow the pope who is the leader of The Catholic Church<br />Believes that after death god will decide based on who will go to heaven and hell based on actions in life.<br />Belief in Purgatory which is the location where those who are not directly ready for heaven are to be punished and purified for entry into heaven.<br />
  9. 9. History<br />It is believed that Arabs were first to find Mauritius<br />The first documented visits to Mauritius by Europeans were in the early 16th century<br />The Dutch settled the Island in 1598<br />Dutch left in 1710<br />When the Dutch settled the island they brought slaves<br />
  10. 10. History Continued<br />In 1715 the French occupied the island.<br />In 1810 Britain possessed Mauritius bringing Indian workers with them, this is why Indian influence in Mauritius is so strong today.<br />
  11. 11. Technology<br />Since the early 1990s Mauritius has been targeted as a leader in the regions technology.<br />Recently the Mauritius government has voted to make information technology the fifth pillar of the Mauritius economy.<br />
  12. 12. Politics<br />The majority of Prime Ministers in Mauritius have been Hindu.<br />The president and vice president are voted by assembly for five year terms.<br />Communal voting is usually the sole means of voting in the country<br />
  13. 13. Technology<br />Mauritius is considered to be a more technologically advanced islands in the region.<br />The Mauritius government is currently attempting to make technology the fifth pillar of the Mauritius economy, along with: sugar, textiles, financial services and tourism.<br />
  14. 14. Political issues<br />Mauritian politicians are often accused of focusing on money over the general welfare of the public.<br />Mauritius has little female influence in government, a fact that worries some.<br /> Institutionalized Rascism is a common problem in Mauritius (It is signifigantly more difficult for a minority to be elected into office).<br />
  15. 15. Cuisine<br />As a result of being colonized by different nations Mauritius has taken the cuisine of different cultures, resulting in its own unique dishes.<br />Mauritius food is usually a blend of Creole, Chinese, European and Indian cuisine.<br />
  16. 16. Customs<br />When entering a temple (the Hindu place of worship) one is expected to take off one’s shoes.<br />The majority of Mauritius citizens speak Mauritius which is an offshoot of Creole. <br />The “sega” is a popular dance among the Mauritius people mainly done for enjoyment and recreation. <br />
  17. 17. Racial Tensions<br />Mauritius is often commended for its general peace despite having such a variety of cultures.<br />Maurtius once had an almost completely open door policy in terms of immigrations, granting three year permits to most.<br />Now, many South Africans are being turned away by the government largely because their “skills are not needed”.<br />
  18. 18. Culture in relationship to America<br />Many Mauritians are Hindu temples and other places of worship are common on the island.<br />Whites and Christians are in the minority in Mauritius.<br />In Mauritius rascism in politics is generally tolerated more then it is in the United States. <br />
  19. 19. Economy<br />The economy of Mauritius revolves mostly around the pillars of: Sugar, Technology, Textiles, Tourism and Financial services<br />After gaining independence Mauritius had a high unemployment rate.<br />In the 1980s as a result of declining inflation, good trade relations, domestic savings and high employment the country grew steadily.<br />
  20. 20. Economy<br />Late in the 1980s the economy slowed again.<br />With Current advances in technology and the modernization of different industries the Mauritius economy remains strong and is one of the leading financial systems in the region.<br />
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