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Souvenirs from Equatorial Guinea

Souvenirs from Equatorial Guinea are a requirement for a full vacation experience. Photographic refrigerator magnets, imprinted key chains and postcards of famous landmarks will allow you to share the sights and emotions of your trip. Native craftsmanship is back on the rise, after a period of decline, and you can find carvings of animals, people and plants made from soapstone, ivory and wood. Basket weaving is another revived craft, used to create large and small receptacles. Purchase several of the smaller baskets to use in the office, or have a large one shipped home for laundry. Tribal ritual masks have been prized as an Equatorial Guinean souvenir for centuries, particularly for their distinctive use of color and trim. Of course, you can also pick up crafts and memorabilia from surrounding countries in Equatorial Guinea, such as tooled leather cases and animals, vibrantly colored necklaces of trade beads, and printed cloth.

The People of Equatorial Guinea

There are many African tribes that call Equatorial Guinea their home. The Fang are the largest tribe, making up 80% of the native population, and are further divided into 67 clans, each with their own dialect and customs. The Bubi tribe claims heritage to the Bioko Island, and holds 15% of the population. Other smaller coastal tribes, sometimes referred to as the Beach People, include: the Bengas, the Combes, the Balengues, the Fernandinos, and the Bujebas. There is still a sizable Spanish population, a remnant from the colonial days, along with Israeli, Moroccan, German, British and French citizens, who are a part of the oil industry. On the coffee and cocoa plantations, many Chinese, Indian, Liberian and Angolan workers migrated to staff the busy operations. Religion plays an important part of life in the country with 93% of the citizens claiming Christianity as their spiritual practice. Traditional tribal belief practitioners account for 6 percent, with Islam making up the final 1%.

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