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After the initiation ritual is over, the buyei becomes the link between this earth and the next. Occasionally, the visitation of a spirit to the buyei results in a great party where drinking, music and dancing occurs for many hours. The Garifuna believe that freeing the spirit is important and this is done with a special celebration. Cultural Groups n 19 Garifuna almost always live near the sea and believe that there is magic where the land and sea meet. Inside their houses, a clay-brick dome oven is often found.

Since 1989, clearance of mangroves in Belize is illegal. Unfortunately, as pressure for more tourist facilities increases, the enforcement of this regulation decreases. In Placencia (a large tourist haunt), local environmentalists fought to keep the lagoon’s mangroves, rather than see them destroyed for development. They won the battle. Introduction Over the years, the pineapple has become a symbol of hospitality. Legend says that it got its reputation from a sea captain who was living in the Caribbean.

Tourism is a big factor. There is a belief that the low-budget travelers who patronize local businesses, rather than the big resorts, benefit the people most. Some believe that the resorts take a lot of the profit out of the country. Bookings are arranged and paid for elsewhere and profits go to foreign banks. On the other hand, the larger resorts employ 25% of the working population, albeit at minimum wage and with no extra benefits like paid health care. Exports and tourism pay for some of Belize’s food imports, but not all.

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