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== Colombian Culture ==
 
== Colombian Culture ==
Colombian culture is a direct descendant of the influences of Africa, Europe, and Native India. With more than 80 different ethnic groups making up the population, Colombia is filled with a diverse range of cultural expressions. These expressions include the areas of music, art, literature, food, etc. One of the main expressions throughout the country is of festivals which continues expression of diversity.
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Colombian culture is a direct descendant of the influences of Africa, Europe, and Native India. With more than 80 different ethnic groups making up the population, Colombia is filled with a diverse range of cultural expressions. These expressions include the areas of music, art, literature, food, etc.
   
 
==Cultural Expressions==
 
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* Bogotá Book Fair and Jazz Festival
 
* Bogotá Book Fair and Jazz Festival
 
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== Music ==
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Influenced by African culture, the most prominent music of the country emerged in the 19th century. This music is referred to as Cumbia. The music of cumbia is made of the drums, gaita, trombones, claves, maracas, and guitars. These instruments are used to accompany the voices of the singers. Vallenato is another style of music heard in the Colombian culture. Vallenato has the meaning "in the valley" since it originated in the valley lying between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and the Serranía de Perijá, both of which are mountain ranges. Vallenato has made its way to being one of Colombia's most popular form of traditional folklore music. Its sound is combined of that of an accordion, the caja vallenato, and the guacharaca. Llanera, or joropo llanera, is a music based on the sounds of the harp and guitar. The music of llanera is most performed on the plains between Colombia and Venezuela. Due to the diversity of Colombia's population, music proves to be a "melting pot" of sounds and rhythms, most prominently of vallenato and pop music.
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== Sports ==
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The national sport of Colombia is a modern version of the ancient sport of turmeque. This sport, now known as tejo, originated over 500 years ago in Cundinamarca as well as Boyacá. In this, the object was to throw a golden disk. Over the centuries it has evolved into the sport it is today. Today, the object is to put an iron quoit in a metal circle. The edges of this are loaded with firecrackers (mechas). The winner of the game is the one who causes the most explosions.
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This image features a young boy holding the disk thrown in the national sport of tejo.
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This image shows the board on which the game is played. In this picture specifically one of the firecrackers is going off, advancing someone in the game.
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Revision as of 01:29, May 17, 2019

Colombian Culture

Colombian culture is a direct descendant of the influences of Africa, Europe, and Native India. With more than 80 different ethnic groups making up the population, Colombia is filled with a diverse range of cultural expressions. These expressions include the areas of music, art, literature, food, etc.

Cultural Expressions

Many cultural experiences are highlighted in festivals of different ethnic groups throughout the country. Some of those festivals include the following and many more:

  • The Manizales Fair
  • The Colombian Folkloric Festival
  • The Vallenato Legend Festival
  • The Cali Fair
  • The November 11 Feasts
  • The Cartagena Film and Hay Festival
  • The International Poetry Festival
  • Bogotá Book Fair and Jazz Festival
Colombian Festivals

Music

Influenced by African culture, the most prominent music of the country emerged in the 19th century. This music is referred to as Cumbia. The music of cumbia is made of the drums, gaita, trombones, claves, maracas, and guitars. These instruments are used to accompany the voices of the singers. Vallenato is another style of music heard in the Colombian culture. Vallenato has the meaning "in the valley" since it originated in the valley lying between the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and the Serranía de Perijá, both of which are mountain ranges. Vallenato has made its way to being one of Colombia's most popular form of traditional folklore music. Its sound is combined of that of an accordion, the caja vallenato, and the guacharaca. Llanera, or joropo llanera, is a music based on the sounds of the harp and guitar. The music of llanera is most performed on the plains between Colombia and Venezuela. Due to the diversity of Colombia's population, music proves to be a "melting pot" of sounds and rhythms, most prominently of vallenato and pop music.

Sports

The national sport of Colombia is a modern version of the ancient sport of turmeque. This sport, now known as tejo, originated over 500 years ago in Cundinamarca as well as Boyacá. In this, the object was to throw a golden disk. Over the centuries it has evolved into the sport it is today. Today, the object is to put an iron quoit in a metal circle. The edges of this are loaded with firecrackers (mechas). The winner of the game is the one who causes the most explosions.

Tejo 1
Tejo 2

This image features a young boy holding the disk thrown in the national sport of tejo.

This image shows the board on which the game is played. In this picture specifically one of the firecrackers is going off, advancing someone in the game.

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