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Honduras Culture

This post will be dedicated to the Garifuna ehtnic group or Garinagu. Their presence in Honduras has incluenced our music, food, and art.

The Garinagu (Garifuna in singular) are an afro-descendent ethnic group found in various regions of Central America and the Caribbean. They live along the Caribbean Coast in Belize, Guatemala, St. Vincent, Nicaragua and Honduras including the mainland, and on the island of Roatán.

The Garinagu are mix of African, Arawak and Carib acenstry. This mix of cultures gave birth to this ethnic groug that has been able to preserve their culture despite of discrimination and migration. Their culture is the perfect union of their ancestors, their language, agriculture and religion are very similar to their Carib Ancestry, meanwhile their dances (known as Punta), music and art have a strong african influence, as you can see in the video.

In wikipedia, they stated that “in 2001 UNESCO proclaimed the language, dance and music of the Garifuna as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Belize. In 2005 the First Garifuna Summit was held in Corn Island, Nicaragua with the participation of the government of other Central American countries.”

As you can see the Garinagu are really important in Honduran culture, and I just had to write a post about them. I hope you enjoy the video with typical dances and music.

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So, where is Honduras?

There is a famous T-shirt in our country that asks this question and as a joke; the answer written in the back is between Guatemala and Nicaragua. Even if a lot of people do not know about Honduras, it is a country that has a lot to offer.

Located in the middle of Central America, it has coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and has borders with Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Honduras has around 8 million people; its official language is Spanish and right now is known around the world mainly because of the political instability last year. This is just a small summary so that you know where we are standing at this moment.

Honduras throughout the years has had several influences in its culture, for example the African culture has had a major influence in Honduras music. There is a typical type of music in Honduras called Punta. You might have heard it a few years ago, since there was a worldwide hit called “Sopa de Caracol”, performed by La Banda Blanca. If you were born in the 80´s and live in a Spanish speaking country you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Right now our most famous artist is Guillermo Anderson. He is the most important musician in Honduras and is quite known in other parts of the world as well. His style is composed of Afro-Caribbean percussions, contemporary sounds, local rhythms, and folklore of Honduras. His songs usually talk about the natural beauty in Honduras, its people, and situations faced on our daily lives. If you use Spotify, you can look him up and find around 10 albums you can listen to. Also if you would like to know more about him and his work, he has a website www.guillermoanderson.com.

I will talk more about Honduras’ music other posts so stick around.
There is a famous T-shirt in our country that asks this question and as a joke; the answer written in the back is between Guatemala and Nicaragua. Even if a lot of people do not know about Honduras, it is a country that has a lot to offer.

Located in the middle of Central America, it has coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and has borders with Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Honduras has around 8 million people; its official language is Spanish and right now is known around the world mainly because of the “coupe”. This is just a small summary so that you know where we are standing at this moment.

Honduras throughout the years has had several influences in its culture, for example the African culture has had a major influence in Honduras music. There is a typical type of music in Honduras called Punta. You might have heard it a few years ago, since there was a worldwide hit called “Sopa de Caracol”, performed by La Banda Blanca. If you were born in the 80´s and live in a Spanish speaking country you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Right now our most famous artist is Guillermo Anderson. He is the most important musician in Honduras and is quite known in other parts of the world as well. His style is composed of Afro-Caribbean percussions, contemporary sounds, local rhythms, and folklore of Honduras. His songs usually talk about the natural beauty in Honduras, its people, and situations faced on our daily lives. If you use Spotify, you can look him up and find around 10 albums you can listen to. Also if you would like to know more about him and his work, he has a website www.guillermoanderson.com.

I will talk more about Honduras’ music other posts so stick around.

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Welcome to Honduras Arts

Welcome to Hondurasarts.com, in our blog you will find all kinds of information about Honduras. This blog has two authors, both of us were born in Honduras on a 20th of November, one year apart. We are very proud to be Hondurans and have started this project in order to encourage people to visit our beatiful country, visit its beaches, learn about its history, read interesting and positive news, learn more about the people that live in this country and specially let the world know about the different types of art in Honduras.

Our first post is dedicated to the typical Gallos de barro. In the picture above you can see  several types of ceramic chicken, commonly found in the households in Honduras. You can see from the picture that they usually are red with paintings of flowers on the chicken’s chest. They are meant to be vases that usually carry water, that is why they have the a handle in the back, so that they can pour through their mouth the water that they carry inside. Now a days, they are used more for decorative purposes on kitchens or at the front of the houses.

These “Gallos” as they are known in the country, are originally from San Lorenzo, a small town in the south of Honduras. When travelling to San Lorenzo, you will see on the edge of the road a huge line of “Gallos” being displayed for the travellers to buy.

This is just one example of different types of pottery made in Honduras, but there are also many other crafts that you will enjoy looking and reading about in this blog.

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