By Oyekan Owomoyela
Zimbabwe, previously referred to as Rhodesia, gained its independence from nice Britain in 1980 but keeps to suppose the effect of Western existence and prejudices. This wealthy, available assessment freshly examines Zimbabwe, evoking the modern methods of lifestyles in a principally homogenous and agricultural country.Students and common readers will realize a fascinating narrative that levels from a proof of the beer tradition to a robust dialogue of marriage, kinfolk, and gender roles from the Zimbabwean point of view. Owomoyela additionally authoritatively conveys the coexistence of conventional and Western forces this day in such components as faith and tune. A chronology and word list accompany the textual content.
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8 The Kalanga cite him as the spirit which, like other tribal spirits, controls the rain, thunder, lightning, and wind, and whose voice can be heard in the depths of the Matopo caves. The MaKorekore for their part recognize Chikara as the supreme being and creator. But a consideration of the attributes of these figures suggests that the designations Mwari, Chikara, and uMlimu (Mlimo) all belong to the same entity, but in different parts of Zimbabwe, whether in Mashonaland or in Matabeleland. The Shona do not have myths concerning the origin of the world to go with any belief that Mwari created the universe; what myths they have pertain to the first mhondoro or tribal spirits.
They shed their shoes and watches, because the spirits are put off by the sight of objects that they were not familiar with when they were human beings. The men sit segregated from the women and the children, and the people drink beer from specially designated pots (each category of people, mediums, for example, having its separate pot). The mediums sit on mats facing the musicians, and listen to the problems that have caused the family to arrange the bira. Such occasions are also opportunities for identifying mediums, as potential ones distinguish themselves by unusual behavior, and the calling is usually confirmed at a bira ceremony.
S. 10 NOTES 1. T. V. Bulpin, quoted in Deanna Swaney, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia (Hawthorn, Australia: Lonely Planet Publications, 1999), 18. 2. Peter Garlake, Great Zimbabwe Described and Explained (Harare: Zimbabwe Publishing House, 1982). 3. Dickson A. , 1983), 277. 4. , 281. 5. ” October 12, 2001, 10. 6. Ibid, 4. 6596D CH01 UG 9/20/02 5:35 PM Page 25 INTRODUCTION 25 7. ” Comment published in the Washington Post, Tuesday August 21, 2001, A17. reportidϭ39. 8. International Crisis Group Africa Report No.
Culture and Customs of Zimbabwe: by Oyekan Owomoyela