Ben & Olivia ,East, April 25, 2014
Our message is that Benin food is consumed differently than it is here in the U.S.A. Some of the differences are that in Benin, The host takes a drink, sips it, and then spits it out in order to show the guests that its not poisoned. Another difference is that in Benin, you must eat the ENTIRE animal, there is literally no part spared. One other difference is that you do not eat with your left hand. It is considered dirty. Even if, and silly enough, if you take someone else's left hand and stick it in there food, they will no longer be welcome to eat or consume dinner with the host and their family. Which, may seem silly, but if someone disrespected you, would you let them dine with you again? Probably not. In conclusion, Although Benin's dining etiquette may be different, its really not, to them, were the aliens, so, that being said, we are the same as them, we just have different rules.
Our Reflection: We thought that they're basic dining etiquette it is very surprising. For example eating the whole animal is way different then what we do in the United States. It is important to know proper etiquette before you go to a certain place because you wouldn't want to offend, be rude or be embarrassed in front of the host and they're family. Although the United States and Benin are different they are the same, we just have different rules and food.