Zimbabwe

A Place to Meet Great People

The Basics

Location

Zimbabwe is in Southern Africa, located between South Africa and Zambia.

Weather

The average maximum temperature year round is mid 70s to low 90s (in degrees Fahrenheit). From November to March, it's the rain season.

Climate Type

The climate in Zimbabwe is considered a tropical climate.

2 Physical Characteristics

The highest mountain in Zimbabwe is Mount Nyangani, and the longest river is the Zambezi River.

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How To Fit In

Languages

The three official languages are Shona, Ndebele, and English (used mostly for business). The unofficial languages are Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Shangani, Sign Language, Sotno, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, and Xhosa.

4 Folkways

Folkways include being married through love (not arranged marriages), everything belongs to the husband in marriage, people are buried close to home, and infants are cared for only by the mother and female relatives.

Taboos

Examples of taboos in Zimbabwe include drinking alcohol in public, littering, and eating meat of one's clan totem.

Values

Some values in this country are respect because they teach the kids to respect their elders at very young ages, and hardworking because everyone works, including young children.

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Digging Deeper Into Culture

2 Subcultures

Healers and Christians

Culture Landscape

Houses are made of sun-dried bricks, and the kitchens and some houses are round. The major grain in Zimbabwe is maize.

Evidence of Cultural Diffusion

Speaking English and soft drinks in restaurants

Evidence of Culture Change

Education is becoming more important to everyone in the country, and houses are becoming more square- and rectangle- shaped instead of the traditional round houses.

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Citations

Central Intelligence Agency. Central Intelligence Agency, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.


"Countries and Their Cultures." Culture of Zimbabwe. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.


"Zimbabwe." Weather & Climate (+ Climate Chart). N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.