Understanding Culture of The Shona Shona Tribe Zimbabwe


The Shona people are concentrated mainly in the country of South Africa known as Zimbabwe, but there are pockets of these people are known Mozambique, as well as other parts of South Africa, particularly the northern part of South Africa.

Before you understand the mentality associated with the Shona people, one has to understand their customs, superstitions and everything related to their lifestyle. Although life in the towns / cities may have changed significantly from the time when the Great Zimbabwe is a thriving city and in most cases no longer certain puberty ceremonies are held, their belief in a spirit medium is equally strong as ever and in the tribal areas and particularly among the elderly tribesman tribal practices have changed little. In Zimbabwe today paid lobola, and pay so-called compensation defiling girl {} now in the form of cash payment, which was formally used in the form of cattle, goats or throughout but overall the truth does not change habits many are.

from the early formation of Shona tribe, agriculture has been the main means of subsistence. Maize and millet have always been the staple crops but a fair amount of sorghum, peanuts, beans, rice and some vegetables are grown also native. There are several methods used for tilling the land. Traditional methods of cultivation are basically involves the breaking and scratching the soil, there after the seed spread over vast acreage. The agricultural lifestyle Shona involved had a significant number of cattle as well as smaller livestock.

Shona culture is strongly intertwined with the way in which the village is structured. Regarding the establishment of village, village Shona (or musha as the Shona call it) will be governed by a hereditary headman, who is the head of the main family unit and the village was originally founded. The Shona people in patriarchal society in general. To become a member of the village, one can only have done so by kinship. A member who has been absent from the village for a considerable time does not lose its membership by default unless there is evidence beyond doubt that it will not return. Understanding these concepts to build a framework that helps to understand the culture Shona.