Russian travelers are more and more confidently exploring the black continent, and therefore tour operators often hear a request to choose a trip to one of the African countries. Lovers of exotic and safari, lovers of authentic cuisine and lovers to tickle their nerves on hikes and trips in wildlife reserves fly here. The culture of local residents is no less willing to get to know each other. For example, the traditions of Zimbabwe, where they live in full accordance with Christian commandments, without neglecting the ancient beliefs of the tribes who speak the Shona language and have inhabited the country since the days of the Monomotapa empire.
A language from time immemorial
Apart from English, the official languages of Zimbabwe are Shona and Ndebele. Shona is not only spoken by four-fifths of the country's population, but books and even novels are also published. The adverb came from the Middle Ages, when the state of Monomotapa existed on the territory of southern Africa. Many traditions of Zimbabwe were inherited from this ancient empire..
Archaeological finds confirm the weight and significance of the state in the period from the 10th to the 15th century. It was the center of animal husbandry and agriculture and had close trade ties with China and India. Gold and ivory were transported from Monomotapa to the east, importing expensive porcelain and silk fabrics instead..
Folk customs and crafts
The modern state is similar to its continental neighbors. The inhabitants have preserved the traditions of Zimbabwe and, first of all, it concerns folk crafts and holidays. Once in the country, you should pay attention to the souvenirs offered by local merchants. Masks and jewelry, wicker baskets and furniture carved from precious woods - bargaining is possible in local markets to get a good price for any product.
Fashionistas and women of fashion
According to the tradition of Zimbabwe, on holidays it is necessary to wear national clothes, in which the locals look especially colorful. Ladies here wear wide robes, adorn themselves with beads and bracelets made of large bright semi-precious stones. Men always wear a bib made of animal hide. Usually it is hyena fur, taken on the hunt as a trophy. The head should be covered with a special garment, similar to a turban, and light leather sandals should be put on the legs. Jewelry made in the traditions of Zimbabwe can become an excellent souvenir for Russian women of fashion.