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Honduras is a rich tapestry of culture formed over centuries of ethnic groups coming together: First there are the Mestizo people, of mixed ancestry; European and Indigenous. Then here are four major indigenous groups; The Chortí Maya who live along the border with Guatemala, the Miskito of the East, the Lenca people of the west and south, and the Garifuna, of African and Caribbean backgrounds who have their own distinct culture and language and live along the Northern Coast. In addition, there are English-speaking Afro-Caribbean’s on the Caribbean coast, many of whom trace their roots to the Caymans. There also are English-speaking whites on the Bay Islands who descend from the English and Scottish. Lastly, there are Spanish-speaking descendents from the time of the conquest and Chinese and Palestinian decedents who arrived during the early 1900's. It is easy to see why Honduras is a melting pot of culture; the unfolding years have created an intriguing mix of language, religion, morals, beliefs, music and cuisine. Whilst western food is available, especially in the cities, a large part of the travel experience is to try the local cuisine and typical drinks. Burritas are a favorite, which consist of shredded meat, frejoles (beans), cheese and avocado rolled up in flour tortillas; these are quite different from Mexican burritos. Here are some more typical dishes worthy of a try; Tamales: these may include vegetables or potatoes as well as chicken or pork. Pastelitos de Carne: deep-fried flour pastries filled with meat, rice and/or potatoes.

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Religion is an important part of life in Honduras. Catholicism has been prevalent since the Colonial period though experienced difficult times during the 1800’s when there was much tension between the church and the state, resulting in the church being stripped of some of its political power. Nonetheless, the Catholic Church still remains the strongest today with the majority of schools being Catholic run and subsidized by the government. Religious instruction is also a compulsory part of the school curriculum.

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