Another item that contributes greatly to the differentiation of lifestyle comes
in the form of religion. Many Panamanians are devout Catholics and this helps direct
the way of life for many. Sundays are occupied with attending mass, after which
many people gather with family or the church community. Again, for others religion
only plays a minor role in their way of life. For these people and others free time
is also spent playing sports, attending social clubs, or just spending time with
family or friends.
Clearly there is no ordinary lifestyle for the Panamanians. There seems to be a
great divide in occupation, working hours, and lifestyle from the urbanites to the
rural dwellers, but even in these settings there is variety.
The people of Panama tend to identify in a few different
ways, based primarily on who they are speaking with. To foreigners the people tend
to call themselves "Panamenos" which is an identity tied to the
nation and is almost solely defined by a person's status as a native of, and
citizen of Panama, although the Spanish language is also closely tied to this definition.
To each other, the people of Panama tend to identify by either the region they are
from or their indigenous roots. This second definition is wholly based on ethnic
(and sometimes also linguistic) affiliation and ties the people to their historic
roots and past. These roots tend to be tied to local dress, languages, and traditions.