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Chile’s customs and traditions predominantly reflect its Spanish and European heritage, although they have also been influenced by indigenous rituals and their link with the natural world.

Two events are often cited as signs of change in Chilean society. The first was an art installation in January 2000: the Casa de Vidrio was a transparent house in the capital in which a young actress lived for two weeks, revealing intimate aspects of her daily routine. The second took place in 2002, when over five thousand Chileans gathered in a city park to be photographed naked by Spencer Tunick.

These two events have been seen as symbols of the Chilean transformation. Yes, they are conservative, respectful of authority and catholic, but Chileans are becoming more liberal.

Culture Smart! Chile is a concise guide to understanding the Chilean people with illuminating insights into their national identity. Familiarise yourself with their customs, traditions and culture and experience Chile authentically.


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