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35 Zimbabwe Culture Facts: African people

If there is one thing you have to know about Zimbabwe culture facts, is the belief of the ancestors. There is a proverb in Zimbabwe that says…

Elephant tusks are never too heavy for it.

This means that, whatever a man faces in life, he is equal to the task. In the present theory, it might be difficult but over time, it becomes easy and able to carry.

If you have not heard about the Zimbabweans before, now you do.

There are various tribes in Zimbabwe and some of which are Shona, Ndebele, Tonga, Vender, and Shangaan.

General Notions About Zimbabwe Culture

Zimbabwe people and culture
Zimbabwe People

There are ideas around that Zimbabweans do not have a culture. I beg to disagree because every African country and tribe has a distinct culture.

While some African cultures and traditions are more pronounce and preserved, others are not so lucky. This is the case for Zimbabweans.

Zimbabwe is a rich and great African country. Like every African country, they have their up and downs and their everyday struggle.

Notwithstanding they are home to beautiful people, land and culture.

Welcome my friends. Today, we are travelling to Zimbabwe to learn some Zimbabwe culture facts. Do enjoy the ride.

Beliefs In Zimbabwe

Mermaid Believe in Zimbabwe
Believes in Mermaid

1. There is a myth around Zimbabwe. The myth states that the land where Solomon in the Christian doctrine got ivory and stone, is old Zimbabwe.

How true is this? I can’t tell. Are there research/ findings backing this claim? I guess this myth originates from the name it was called by the locals.

2. Do you believe in mermaids? The people of Zimbabwe do. However, the Zimbabwean does not see them as jolly friendly creatures. Unlike the Europeans portraying them to be.

In Zimbabwe culture facts, mermaids are seen as beings who torture, capture and in extreme cases kill a human.

I have also come across people who believe mermaids are not friendly creatures. What are your views concerning these Zimbabwe culture facts?

3. Another amazing fact in Zimbabwe’s culture is that men with big tummy are seen as wealthy.

It is believed that if you have a big belly, that means you eat lots of meat and you can only eat enough meat when you are rich. What a fascinating idea.

4. Do you also know that cow is seen as wealth in Zimbabwe? It is used to pay the bride price. ( an amount the groom’s family gives to the bride as a symbol of offering. Other none monetary items are also included.)

Facts in Zimbabwe

5. Do you know in Zimbabwe’s local dialect the name ”Zimbabwe” means great house of stone?

6. Do you know that half of the population in Zimbabwe are under twenty-one years old?

7. The local name for Victoria falls is “Mosi-oa-Tunya” meaning the smoke that thunder. ( why was it change to Victoria falls? Because one tourist from a faraway land feels he has the right to rename it after his queen.)

8. There are three major spoken languages in Zimbabwe. We have Sotho from the South and Shona from the North.

The Shona language is more prominent because everyone knows how to speak it. In the midlands, the people speak Ndebele.

9. Furthermore in Zimbabwe culture facts is that there are two kinds of marriages. Customary which is known as traditional marriage, and Civil which is seen as a white wedding. Both weddings are recognised by law.

9. Do you know that in 2008, the country abandoned its currency? After inflation, Zimbabweans discontinued the use of the Zimbabwe dollar. Presently the country use dollars, Botswana pula and South Africa rand since April 12th 2009.

10. Do you also know that Zimbabwe has the highest number of big animals in Africa? We have lions, buffalo, elephants, leopards and rhinos.

11. Furthermore on Zimbabwe culture facts, do you know that Zimbabwe has the highest number of officially licensed languages? Zimbabwe has 16 recognised languages.

Shona Tribe Cultural Facts

Shona people culture facts
Shona people

12. The Shona tribe in Zimbabwe is the most central in the region.

13. Also on Zimbabwe culture facts, the Shona people are good stone sculptors. Their arts has gained recognition globally. Art forms range from animals, birds, humans and abstract objects. This has also brought light to the country.

14. The goals of the Shona tribe traditions, is to create a balance between humans and the environment.

Is this not lovely? How many people think of their environment daily?

15. Furthermore in Zimbabwe culture facts is the rain ceremony. The rain procession is a special aspect of the Shona religion.

16. Do you know the rain ceremony in Zimbabwe takes place before the rainy/ planting season? It is heard at a shrine.

17. Do you know the rain rite aims to pray to the ancestors? Prayers are made for fertility, good harvest for the planting season and to clean the land from illness.

Musical Facts In Zimbabwe

Mbira instrument in Zimbabwe culture
Mbira Instrument

18. Do you know music plays an important role in Zimbabwe?

19. The most important instrument in zimbabwe’s culture is the drum, Ngoma and Mbira.

20. Do you also know that the musical instrument Mbira is the most valuable of all? It’s so special that it is included in the educational system.

It is a law that the Mbira instrument be taught to the citizens from primary level to higher education.

21. Do you know that Bob Marley performed in Zimbabwe when the country got independence? He composed a song for the country free and this took place on the 17th  of 1980.

22. Another Zimbabwe culture facts is that Jamaica dance hall music is the most popular genre in the land.

23. Do you know that local artist in Zimbabwe created their dance hall music? It is called Zim dance hall.

Africa has a lot of dance styles and we will be glad to show you around Nigeria traditional dance, a traditional dance in Kenya, South Africa traditional dance, a traditional dance in Ghana and also reasons why dance is important.

Ndebele Culture Facts

24. The belief in the afterlife makes the Ndebele tribe give special attention to burial cloth.

25. Do you know that in the Ndebele tribe the king is also the chief priest? His task is to seek answers from the ancestors when there is a drought or epidemic.

26. Do you know the Ndebele tribe do not practice circumcision initiation rites for boys nor girls?

27. There is an annual festival called the first fruit festival in replacement for initiation rites.

28. Do you know that beaded artwork is a major factor in the Ndebele tribe? The arts are used in ceremonies like wedding, naming ceremony and burial.

29. Also on Zimbabwe culture facts, do you know brides spent two to three years designing a bead for her groom?. The more complex the design, the more she will be favoured by her in-laws.

Other Facts In Zimbabwe

30. Do you know the traditional colour for cloth/dress is black and white? These colours are mainly used by the Shona tribe.

31. Do you also know that there are white Zimbabweans. They are the descendants of the colonist.

33.Do you know Zimbabwe has one of the highest stock of platinum and diamonds?

Oh boy, that is a lot to make the country rich but they are still a lot of poor people. What is happening to African countries? We have lots of natural resources but we are not where we want to be?

A thought just flashes through me now, but I will not say it. If you can guess it, try.

34. On cuisine, a mixture of sorghum and maize, create the delicious Sadza meal. This meal is Zimbabweans main dish.

35. There is also a local beer called Wawa.

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In conclusion, Zimbabwe is a great place for visiting. The people are lovely and welcoming. Although most of their cultures are lost to colonialism, the people are trying to trace their identity and culture.

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