Suriname National Heritage

UNESCO

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  • Because of the particular history and cultural wealth of the country, Suriname offers many opportunities for cultural tours. There is the historic inner city of Paramaribo, with the characteristic wooden buildings from the colonial era. Rightly, this area is listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The architectural style is a fusion of European architecture and Surinamese influences, adapted to local conditions. A special building is the wooden St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, again a combination of 19th century European style attributes in Surinamese traditional forms. In this largest wooden church in South America is the beatified Petrus 'Peerke' Donders buried.

Memorials

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  • The Jewish community has left its mark. The great synagogue in the Keizerstraat, right next to the mosque, is the most eye catching. Outside Paramaribo, in the district of Para, you will find the 17th century settlement of the Jewish community in Suriname: Jodensavanne. It was at that time the only place in the Americas where Jews had an autonomous location, with freedom of religion and private law. The ruins of the buildings and the cemetery are well preserved and the area is well maintained. A day trip by boat to Jodensavanne is a pleasant way to meet this Surinamese history. The, already abandoned, Jewish settlement was in the 2nd world war also a penal colony .
    Another important monument in the history of Suriname Fort Zeelandia is named after the hometown of the Zeeland Admiral Abraham Crijnssen. Once a Dutch fort and now the location of the Suriname Museum with cultural-historical exhibitions, based in Paramaribo.

Hindu ceremonies

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  • After the abolition of slavery, indentured labor brought different etnic communities to Suriname. The majority of these groups have their traditions often held high. The Hindus of India, for example brought the magnificent painted mandirs (worship homes) to Suriname. Enjoy also heyday of the cheerful parades or traditional marriages of this population. At pilgrimage Weg naar Zee you can witness traditional mourning ceremonies and cremations.

Javanese trance

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  • Part of the Javanese community is located on the outskirts of Paramaribo, in the district Blauwgrond. Here are numerous eateries located where you for relatively little money get a simple but very tasty meal. Outside Paramaribo, in the district Commewijne, many Javanese villages are located. The Javanese community has rich traditions, such as Jaran kepang, traditional trance dance. A cultural ritual, used in important events. But also in everyday life permeates the culture of the motherland. The principle Gotong Royong, collaborate, is still used, for example, to build houses. The whole family comes together to work, everyone does something. It is one of the most important aspects of Indonesian philosophy. But of course do not forget to enjoy the delicious traditional cooked dishes, such as a tender satay (meat on a stick) or sweet coconut snacks, authentic wrapped in banana leaf. The Javanese community of Suriname is unique in the region. Once you visit Commewijne also go to the Fort Nieuw Amsterdam Open Air Museum. This beautifully restored Fort offers different sights from colonial times, but you can also go hiking, peek at the exhibitions or take a drink and something to eat in the Museum Cafe.

Special indigenous secrets

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  • For traditional communities of indigenous peoples and Maroons you go a little further inland. Natives are original the inhabitants of Suriname. Although a large part of them now live in the coastal plain and the living habit has changed, there are still Native villages in the interior of Suriname. For example Kwamalasamutu near the Brazilian border, which is easily accessible by plane. Here in 2000 the famous Caves of Werehpai were discovered, full of in South America unique petroglyphs. The particular images are carved with special stones chisels. Nowhere in the Guianas is such a large amount of petroglyphs found. Also unearthed pottery is the oldest material found in Suriname. The residents of Native villages live mainly from fisheries and agriculture. But also hunting provides food. Nowadays, often with the rifle and sometimes also still with an old fashion arrow. The indigenous people can explain to you the rich variety of medicinal plants in Suriname, and which are even now often successfully used in the fight against various diseases and ailments. Then experience the tasty Peprewatra (a spicy soup made of cassava juice and fish) or traditional Kasiri, a from cassava made liquor.

Washing in the river

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  • Maroons are the second group of residents who live in the interior of Suriname. They are the descendants of the slaves refused to work any longer on the plantations There are several tribes of whom Aucaners, Saramaccans and Kwinti are the most well known. The Maroons have some rituals from Africa well preserved. You can visit several villages in the interior, but a lot of information about their way of life can also be found in the Maroon Museum Pikin Slee the middle of the jungle. Especially the cultural heritage of the Saramaccans is gathered in this museum; functional and decorative items, clothing and jewelry. However, you do not have to go far to discover the Maroon culture because only 20 kilometers from Paramaribo, you will find the Maroon village Santigron. Originally a Saramaccan village, but now also inhabited by Aucaners and Kwinti. Here the women still do their laundry in the river, and make oil of fruits, while the children play in nature. The men are engaged in hunting, but also in manufacturing woodcarvings with typical Surinamese African motifs.

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