Guatemala: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
The largest and most populous of the Central American countries,Guatemala is famously a land of contrasts and contradictions. Ithas great physical beauty, with ancient Mayan ruins, volcanoes,lakes, and rain forests, and a conglomeration of diverse peoplesand cultures held together by fierce national pride and love for acountry they want to improve.Guatemala is unique in Central America in that more than halfits population is of Mayan Indian origin. Today it is a combinationof ancient Mayan heritage, Spanish colonialism, and Westerninfluences, mainly from the United States.Culture Smart! Guatemala provides an introduction to thecomplexities of Guatemalan society. It shows how history has shapedthe values and attitudes of today. It describes different aspectsof Guatemalan life, including home, family, religion, festivals,typical food, and business practice. It offers key insights intothe mind-set of the people, and practical advice on how best tobehave in different situations and avoid culturalmisunderstandings.