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Culture and Customs of Zimbabwe: by Oyekan Owomoyela

By Oyekan Owomoyela

Zimbabwe, previously referred to as Rhodesia, gained its independence from nice Britain in 1980 but maintains to consider the influence of Western life and prejudices. This wealthy, obtainable review freshly examines Zimbabwe, evoking the modern methods of existence in a mostly homogenous and agricultural country.

Students and basic readers will realize an attractive narrative that levels from a proof of the beer tradition to a strong dialogue of marriage, kinfolk, and gender roles from the Zimbabwean viewpoint. Owomoyela additionally authoritatively conveys the coexistence of conventional and Western forces this present day in such parts as faith and tune. A chronology and thesaurus accompany the text.

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The oracle or “voice” here is an elderly woman who speaks an unintelligible language that requires translation for visitors’ benefit. There are other active shrines near Bulawayo, at Njelele and Wirarani in the Matopo Hills, and at Dula near Esigodini. Being a sky god, Chikara (or Mwari, or uMlimu) is indifferent to human affairs. He has so far removed himself from the earth that he is inaccessible to humans, but he long ago delegated great spirits (mhondoro) to provide the people with abundant rainfall and bountiful crops.

In 1987 the two parties agreed to a Unity Pact, as a result of which they merged, retaining the name of the dominant party, ZANU. In 1990 the Lancaster House constitution expired on its tenth anniversary, enabling the government to begin a review of the land-owning privileges that it had guaranteed whites, and in 1998 the government did away with the constitutional provision reserving twenty seats to them in parliament. CORRUPTION AND REPRESSION Zimbabwe has not been spared the woes that have beset most independent African countries, including official corruption and impatience with opposition.

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. 32, “Zimbabwe in Crisis: Finding a Way Forward,” July 12, 2001, 6. 9. ” October 12, 2001, 11. 10. Ibid. 6596D CH01 UG 9/20/02 5:35 PM Page 26 6596D CH02 UG 9/20/02 5:36 PM Page 27 2 Thought and Religion RELIGION CHRISTIANITY IS THE MAIN RELIGION in Zimbabwe, commanding the allegiance of an estimated 40–50 percent of the population.

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