Zimbabwe's culture? plz help!?

please give me at least 5 facts about Zimbabwe's culture and recreation

also 5 facts about its arts and literature

*please dont use wikipedia

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The people of Zimbabwe are known to be friendly, cheerful, and courteous. Most are very friendly when seeing friends on the street, but with strangers it is the complete opposite; very cautious. It is impolite to embarrass someone in public. Zimbabweans tend to spend money quickly and not look towards future needs. They call this “living for today.”

    The appearance of wealth is highly valued. Not to be wealthy, but to look wealthy. A big stomach is admired in a man because it shows he can afford to eat meat, daily. People wash daily, even in rural areas. Ironing clothes is important. For tumba flies can get onto wet clothes and lay eggs on them. The eggs could hatch and the newborn flies can burrow into the skin. Ironing helps to stop this.

    Men wear suits for business-like meetings or jobs. Otherwise they prefer to just wear a shirt and slacks. Women are more accustomed to wearing dresses below the knees or a wrap around skirt with a blouse. At a special get together they might wear a dhuku, or a head scarf.

    When meeting most people shake hands or say a normal greeting. Elders are to be respected. Gestures are a little different than in the states. Items are passed and received with two hands. Women add a curtsy. When people talk women usually sit on mats; men sit on higher platforms or a chair. To make eye contact with an elder is considered rude. Public affection is very rude, but friends of the same sex may hold hands.

    In villages when other Zimbabweans come to visit they, a lot of the time, come uninvited. Usually bringing some sort of gift for the host. The host will also give a gift to a visitor. If food and refreshments are refuse, it’s impolite. Guests coming over for tea in the afternoon or for dinner is popular.

    Breakfast is eaten before going to school or work. Lunch is usually the lightest meal. Dinner is in the evening and is the main meal.

    Urban people use utensils and rural people use fingers of their right hand. Everyone washes hands before meal with a wash basin that is passed around before and after meals. Drinks aren’t given out until after all food is gone. Kids serve water to the adults. Sometimes kids sit at separate tables than adults. When there are guests they get meat. Chicken is the country’s favorite meat, but is very expensive.

    Permission has to be asked to leave the table. Rural families cook over a fire while some have propane stoves.

    The Zimbabwean diet consists of a stiff porridge made from white cornmeal. This is called sadza. It’s served at every meal. The sadza is rolled into a ball and dipped into relish. Vegetables commonly eaten are kale, spinach, pumpkin. Their protein comes from insects, mainly termites, and fish. A “Western Diet” consists of meat, potatoes, and rice instead of sadza. Tea is popular.

    Fathers are the leaders of the family. They make all decisions and support the family. The mother influences, cares for kids and the house. More and more are selling goods at roadsides. Relatives expect to get money from other relatives during bad times and are expected to share at prosperous times. Urban families are usually not extended and more nuclear. Rural families are much more extended. Elderly people are treated with respect and are considered a family treasure.

    Generations ago families arranged marriages for their kids. Today the young people choose who they marry. Lobola is a gift given to the bride’s father from the groom. It is usually money, paid to him for raising the bride.

    Extramarital affairs are common for men. If the wives know about it, the men think it’s manly.

    Soccer is the popular sport. Basketball is gaining fans. Urban people play many sports. Including: tennis, swimming, boxing, rugby, cricket, polo, and others. Lakes contain parasites so swimming has become hazardous.

    Inside activities include watching t.v. and movies. When men get together they drink beer, socialize, play games, and dance. When women gather they go to homes and dance or socialize. Vacationing is rare. Only wealthy people visit tourist attractions, while others visit relatives.A mixture of traditional beliefs and Christianity is the preference of the population. This blending of beliefs called syncretism combines beliefs such as ancestor worship (the belief that prayers to ancestors will affect outcomes), animism (the belief that all objects such as trees and mountains have spiritual power) and the use of mediums with traditional Christian beliefs.

    Arts and music are the backbone of Zimbabwean culture. Pots and baskets are finely detailed. Cloth is intricately woven. Stone carvings are lovingly etched and many of the ideas for designs are inspired by designs found at Great Zimbabwe. "Zimbabwe" means "great stone house". It is fitting that stone sculpture is the art that most represents the people of Zimbabwe. It is also referred to as 'Shona Sculpture'. The Shona people carve these beautiful figures and artwork out of soapstone.

    Zimbabwe is also famous for the wood carvings and masks that are to be found there. Everyday items carved from wood are intricately patterned

    In literature, Zimbabwe can boast some of the continent's most eminent English-language writers such as Dambudzo Marechera, Chenjerai Hove, Yvonne Vera, Charles Mungoshi, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Shimmer Chinodya.

    Unfortunately this is all being destroyed by their present brutal leader, president Mugabe.

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