The spread of education and increased economic opportunity have modified a traditional social structure based on kinship, but the majority of the people adhere to the traditional values of Kersa (respect for others) and Tegin (good manners). Terranga (hospitality) is a common word used by almost all of the country's twelve ethnic groups.
Although predominantly Muslim, Senegal is a tolerant secular state, whose peoples have lived together peacefully for several generations and have intermingled to some extent. Islam is a potential unifying factor. Ethnic Diversity Although there are over ten ethnic groups in Senegal, five are predominant. The largest group is the Wolof who cluster in the northwest […]
To the Western mind the amount of time spent in greetings may appear unnecessary or even wasteful (especially in business) they are used by the Senegalese to feel one with each other and achieve a sense of group harmony. General Etiquette Tips Greetings are crucial in Senegal and their important should never be underestimated. Exchanging […]
Senegalese place great emphasis on their appearance and personal hygiene. Most bathe more than once a day, and perfumes or colognes are popular. Dressing well is important. The People General Attitudes Senegal has many diverse ethnic groups within its borders, each with its own history, language, and cul- ture. Interactions between these groups and with […]
Many Muslims practice polygamy. Islamic law permits a man to have as many as four wives, but he must have the consent of the other wife (or wives), and according to the Qur’an (Koran), he must divide his resources and time equally among each wife’s household. Family In general, the family is a source of strength and […]