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Cultural diversity in Africa

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By CyraxPen | self meida writer
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Africa is the poorest continent in the world but paradoxically it is at the same time the richest: unique and wild animals, incredible ecosystems, non-stop curiosities, and above all a great ethnic wealth ... for anthropology lovers, there is no more interesting place since in this huge continent there are thousands of tribes that differ by culture, customs, language and beliefs ... today we are going to take a short tour of the most impressive African tribes of this great continent.


1. HIMBA

Northern Namibia. Religion : monotheists, they worship the god Mukuru.

Curiosities : a semi-nomadic tribe, cattle breeders, who still preserve the lifestyle they had thousands of years ago. (Of course, the arrival of tourists is changing everything ...). The characteristic that most stands out is the reddish color of their skin, this is because to protect themselves from the sun and to cleanse themselves, women are smeared with ocher, butter and herbs.


2. FORESTS

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Angola.

Curiosities : traditionally they have lived thousands of years thanks to hunting and gathering fruits, today things are different: the central Government of Botswana in the '90s began to expel the Bushmen from their homeland (the Reserve of the Central Kalahari hunting). On December 13, 2006, the Bushmen obtained a historic sentence: the Supreme Court decided that what the government had done was unconstitutional and that the lands could not be forbidden to the Bushmen. Despite this ruling, the government continues to impede the Bushmen from residing on their land: they are denied water by forbidding access to an existing well and preventing them from digging new wells. The Bushmen sued the government again but the Supreme Court dismissed the case.


3. NUBA

Sudan. Religion : Islam, shamanism.

Curiosities : they are a farming people, passionate about athletic competitions, which allow them to show off and show off their strength. Both men and women adorn themselves with scarifications.


4. ZULU

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique.

Curiosities : men are the head of the family, while women are housewives. They raise cattle and are farmers, they practice polygamy and the more children they have, the more important they are. Famous is his music and his way of dancing "shaking". Without a doubt they are one of the most curious African tribes!


5. TUAREG

Algeria, Libya, Niger, Mali, Morocco , Burkina Faso. Religion : syncretic Islam, with animistic beliefs.

Curiosities : they are the "blue men" of the Sahara. They are a nomadic people who live in large family units and move through the desert. They have their own script: the tifnagh.


6. DINKA

Sudan. Religion : monotheists, their God is Nhialac.

Curiosities : they live on both sides of the Nile River, for this reason, apart from being ranchers and farmers, they are also fishermen. They are polygamous, although many marry only once, and they are an ethnic group that is divided into 21 groups, each with its own boss. Women wear goatskin in the waist area. Due to aesthetic factors, sometimes a tooth is pulled. Men dye their hair red, while women shave their head and eyebrows.


7. MURSI

Ethiopia. Religion : animism.


Curiosities : the Mursi are mainly dedicated to raising cattle and agriculture. The Mursi consider it important to paint their body: they do it several times a day, with white chalk. It is his way of seducing and / or expressing his state of mind. Women often use clay dishes to adorn their lips and ears, and men wear scarifications as a sign of elegance and strength.


8. TURKANA

Kenya, Sudan.

Curiosities : They are nomadic shepherds, their law allows polygamy, although in many cases it is not practiced, since to marry they have to contribute a high dowry (30-50 cows or camels, or 100-200 pieces of small livestock). They are famous for wearing many colorful necklaces. The men sit in the typical ekicholong


9. SURMA

Ethiopia.

Curiosities : They are also called Suri, they are mainly dedicated to grazing. Scarifications are made, women as a sign of beauty and men as a sign of struggles and strength. Women also embed clay dishes in their lips and ears: the bigger, the more beautiful it will be and their marriage dowry will be better. Young men fight to prove their masculinity in the "Donga": a tournament with 50 or more men that consists of fighting violently two by two with poles.

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