Zimbabwe, visit anyday.

Margot Frei

Zimbabwe Traditional TAMBA NE MUCHECHE by Margot Frei

The Basics.

Location: In Southern Africa between Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, and South Africa. Around 20 degrees south and 30 degrees east.

Weather: Warm but lots of rain shower producing a rain forest. The main rain seasons are between November and March

Climate Type: Mostly tropical depending on altitude. When you go up in altitude it becomes a bit more chilly, so if your looking for a nice warm relaxation make sure to check the altitudes of your hotel, lodge, etc.

Physical Characteristics: Most of the country is located on a plateu causing large vast waterfalls know as The Victoria Falls. They also have two rivers going across the whole country, the Shangani and Sanyati rivers.

How To Fit In.

Language: Shona is the main language spoken by residents followed by Ndebele, and English.

Folkways: Here in Zimbabwe everyone likes soccer, and plays often. Woman have kids between the ages of 25-29, and generally live to be about 55. Almost everyone above fifteen can read and write, this makes it hard to communicate with children but easy to talk with everyone else.

Taboos: Traditionally they don't eat animals they have seem on totem poles in respect for that animal. Until recent years woman wouldn't eat eggs either because they believed the it would cause them to become not fertile.

Values: Land and agriculture are the most valued items because often times Zimbabweans live off the land, they either farm it for profit or then farm for their selves.

Digging Deeper Into Culture

Subcultures: The 2 biggest subcultures are the Farmers Union and Church Groups. The Farmers Union is made up of a bunch or farmers who help each other and discuss wages and workers rights for their works. The other is mainly made up of Religious people and among them about 75% are protestant .

Culture Landscape: Early we stated the people live off the land, well it's estimated that about 70% of the country is all agriculture. Meaning that while your wondering the rainforest seeing some of the worlds most beautiful waterfalls your going to want to stay very close to your tour guide to make sure you don't get lost.

Evidence of Cultural Diffusion: The biggest part of diffusion in Zimbabwe is due to trading. One particular example would be that until 1992 we only grew our own grains and never imported or exported any being that it was such a big part of the diet here but when the population grew so rapidly there was no choice but to import what we couldn't grow ourselves.

Evidence of Cultural Change: Now a days 30% of the residents live in rural areas but less then a century ago everyone lived in rural areas and strictly farmed now there is a little bit more to offer in living conditions. This was directly proportional to a drop in mortality rates and longer life expectancies between 1960 and 1992.