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Salvador is a direct translation from the Spanish that means "the Savior,"
referring to Jesus. The country is primarily Christian, specifically Catholic, and
believes Jesus was the Son of God and their savior.
WARNING: Violence is rampant
in El Salvador, please read this
travel warning before going!
El Salvador is a combination of mountains and flat
lands and in these valleys and flat lands the soil is very fertile and ideal for
life. Even today the people primarily live in these fertile stretches of land and
many people continue to work as farmers.
After the Spanish arrived they intermarried the local people
and today most of the people are "mestizo." This marriage also intertwined
the cultures of the people and in some aspects Spanish traditions thrived, but other
aspects of the local cultures survived. Today most of the people are Catholic due
to the Spanish and nearly everyone is a native Spanish speaker in
El Salvador. However some indigenous languages have survived, as have many
traditional foods and to a lesser dress traditional dress.
In the past and even today the economy and way of life in
El Salvador has been focused on agriculture. Historically, the country was
a major exporter of indigo, but today the focus is on coffee. Many people still
work in agriculture or in the exporting process as the population is evenly spread
through the valleys and other fertile regions.
The people in El Salvador are also very divided by
social class and where an individual falls helps determine a person's way of
life. The indigenous people, who tend to be poor, live in urban areas, and are often
times agricultural workers, have a lifestyle tied to the land as many ancient traditions
persist. The middle class of mestizos work in all areas, but feel suppressed by
the rich, who generally live in the cities and own much of the country's lands
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