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Population, Culture

traditions of Spain, town life, mandolin, Native American culture, accordion

Costa Rica, with a relatively small Native American population, has been strongly influenced by the culture and traditions of Spain. Native American and African American influences have had relatively little impact. The Roman Catholic cultural pattern of Spain, with emphasis on the family and the church, has evolved into a national style of life. Festivals in honor of patron saints are a colorful part of village and town life. The guitar, accordion, and mandolin have traditionally been the most popular musical instruments, and the music reflects a Spanish heritage. Traces of the Native American culture survive in designs used in jewelry, leather goods, and clothing. The national sport is soccer.



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traditions of Spain, town life, mandolin, Native American culture, accordion, national sport, Traces, guitar, leather goods, Costa Rica, jewelry, Festivals, little impact, church, clothing, village, designs, emphasis, family

 
 

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