People and Culture

People and Culture

Societies in Seychelles have remained melting pot of different races, traditions, religions and faithful to its multi ethnic roots of four corners of the earth including freed slaves, European settlers, political exiles, adventurers, traders of Arab and Persian origin as well as Chinese and Indians.

Practically every nation on earth has been represented in this melting pot of cultures, each one contributing its special influence to today’s vibrant yet tranquil society. All these tribes to Seychelles bring with them their distinct traditions and customs contributing to the way of life and to the vibrant Seychellois culture throughout the domains of local art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture. Seychellois Creole, English and French are the languages spoken in the Seychelles.

Seychelles is dominated by Roman Catholics but other believers exist including Anglicans, Muslims, Hindu and Bahaï communities based in Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
The architectural design of some of the grand old houses display influences from Seychelles’ French and British colonial heritage. Modern architecture attempts to incorporate traditional styles with practical features designed to capture the island breezes. The traditional moutya is an erotic dance derived from the days of slavery and still features today, together with the sega with its colorful lyrics; the kanmtole, reminiscent of a country reel, and the Kontredanse, an import from the French court.
Seychelles has a vibrant art scene that encompasses painters taken inspiration from the richness of Seychelles’ natural beauty to produce a wide range of works, sculptors, writers and poets, artisans of many types, musicians and dancers.

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory in the Seychelles however; it is greatly appreciated to most service providers.

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