Somali culture and society

Every society has its own culture to be recognized and it is a legacy that will be passed down from generation to generation by those who came before them. 

The Somali people have different cultures inherited from their parents I am not talking about pagan practices that violate our religion; I am talking about traditional traditions such as hospitality, kinship, nurturing children with good traditions and literature.

Every government in the world has its own language and culture that each country likes to colonize or learn from. For example, in August 1960 Djibouti was visited by former French President Charles de Gualle, and at the time Djibouti was being colonized by the French (Franch Somaliland). It was protested by the Djiboutian independence movement which changed its name to Afar & Isse Territory. I argued that the main purpose of French colonization was to spread its culture, especially the language it spoke, which had a profound effect on the colonized country.

Somali hospitality tradition

I want to point out the old Somali hospitality tradition. It was indeed a good tradition to serve guests well and to give them their favorite foods available at home. Occasionally there may be guests coming during a drought and the animals do not have any milk and yet they give the guests what they have. In addition, guests can stay as long as they want and live with the family without feeling pressured or discriminated against.

Modernity and cultural change

Somali society is experiencing an influx of multiculturalism from other countries that have led to the loss of their culture, especially young people born after the collapse, which has made it easier to change their culture through social media or other means of communication.

The new system of government can also be part of, if not properly addressed, the alienate the moral values of the Somali people and their culture, whether it is regionalism or tribalism. And also the language used which is, this is a clan z, this is ( laangab) and this is (laandhere), contributes to the avoidance of good Somali culture and eliminates acceptance and love. Finally, the environment in which a person lives can also play a significant role in the loss of good culture if one lives in a discriminatory and tribal environment that can also be affected.

In my advice: Reviving the cultural centers that used to bring the Somali community together to learn what our culture is and what we have in common and also I suggest creating and strengthening schools that teach the language and culture of students in all regions of Somalia and overcoming bad language that is not good for a growing childlike, this is laandhere or laangab.


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