The authentic culture of The Bahamas is a unique product of
Bahamian society and civilization. Bahamian. It lives away from the
American-influenced urban and tourism centers of Nassau and Freeport. The
mores and customs stem in large part from the background tales,
traditions, bush medicine,
music and religion brought over by African slaves. A popular 'folk'
religion is obeah, a system of beliefs governing interactions between the
living and the spirit world. It's a less sinister cousin of Haitian voodoo and
Cuban santería. The vast majority of Bahamians, however, belong to mainline
Christian denominations (though many Anglican priests hedge their bets and mix a
little good-willed obeah into their practice). Most islanders are steadfast in
their religious beliefs: many taxi drivers and office workers keep a Bible at
Church affairs make headline news, while major international events are
relegated to the inside pages. The country claims the greatest number of
churches per capita in the world.
The ethnicity of The Bahamas is predominantly of African-American heritage. English, the official language and that of business and the daily way of life, is spoken by everyone but a handful of Haitian immigrants, who speak their own Creole. Most black Bahamians speak both standard English and patois. While The Bahamas has yet to produce a writer of world renown and its visual arts scene has been slow to take shape, the islands have a vibrant musical culture. The country has produced several traditional forms of music, including goombay, a synthesis of calypso, soca and English folk songs; and down-home, working-class 'rake 'n' scrape,' usually featuring guitar, accordion and shakers made from the pods of poinciana trees. The popular Bahamian band, Bahamen, won a Grammy in recent years for their world famous song, "Who Let The Dogs Out."
Bahamian kids play basketball with a passion. They live on the basketball court, and most neighborhoods have a small court with makeshift stands. Bahamians follow the US basketball (and baseball) leagues with intense fervor. The Miami Dolphins football team is also very popular.
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