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Culture & Identity of Guyana


Guyana is an odd combination of restraint and religion with Caribbean-styled drinking, relaxing, dancing, and eating. Additionally, the people are very diverse due to the country's history of numerous immigrant groups. Despite the differences in culture, religion, and beliefs, the way of life for most of the people can be unified in their shared history, strong religious backgrounds, conservative belief systems, but also their enjoyment of life and social relationships essential to all people.

Most people in Guyana live along or near the coast, although the cities in the country are small and uncommon. Only about a third of the population lives in these cities, but the strip of land along the coast is fairly densely populated as many people have some land, but large farms or plantations are rare today. This means the people have land to farm on, but also generally have access to the cities so there is a wide range of available job options and lifestyles.

For most people the work day or school day begins fairly early and work generally lasts until about 5:00 pm; although schools usually get out in mid-afternoon. Sundays are typically a day to relax as few people work and Saturdays are often the same. During this free time family comes first in Guyana, but friends are also very important and on nights and weekends most Guyanese spend their free time with their family or friends. Going out to a restaurant, bar, club, or movie is not uncommon, although few people make visiting these places a regular habit. Weekends are also a great time to get out and play sports, socialize, or just relax and unwind. Depending on an individual's religion, many people also attend religious services during the weekend.


How the people in Guyana identify varies from person to person and how each of these many identities is defined again varies greatly. Some of the more common ways to identify in Guyana are in terms of ethnicity, religion, and politics. However, even the ethnicity of the people varies greatly and while the Afro-Guyanese may be referred to as such, each individual may have a vastly different ethnicity or combination of ethnicities. Likewise, many of the ethnic Indians are from dozens, if not hundreds, of ethnic Indian groups who practice various religions and these people may also be from different castes.

Today most people identify, to some degree, with being Guyanese. Few people see this as their first identity, but nearly everyone claims to be Guyanese as they recognize they are not wholly African, Indian, or European, but a distinct form of these cultures. The term "Guyanese" is generally defined in political terms as everyone is a citizen of Guyana, but also in the sense that Afro-Guyanese is different from being African just like being Indian-Guyanese is different from being Indian.

This identity essentially states that there are many similarities from one group to the next and almost all of the people of Guyana recognize that their similarities with each other are just as strong, if not stronger, than their links and similarities to distant relatives in Europe, Africa, or India. Today all of the people have influenced the others, making them all culturally closer; likewise English has become the language of communication across groups and this shared language again ties the people together no matter their differences in ethnicity, religion, etc. Even ethnic differences have been muted in Guyana as many people have intermarried.

This page was last updated: November, 2013