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The Shona Shock Series
What is the Shona for “Isosceles Triangle”? Lost (and found?) It’s hard to find the meaning of some Shona words Many words are “disappearing”, mostly because people just don’t use them so frequently. Some are very rare. Some are also being reinvented. Languages evolve, even dying ones too. But we want to keep ours alive […]
November is Mbudzi in Shona, often called Mwedzi we Mbudzi or “month of the goat”. Wilbert Sadomba, in “Using Taboos and Proverbs as Oral Archives of Indigenous Knowledge” eloquently describes this month as follows, “Women are regarded with the sanctity of nature because they possess power of regeneration through their fecundity. This is reflected in a […]
Mbiga The story goes… A very long time ago, there once was a small village of the Manyika tribe at the foot of a then little-known mountain in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe. It is said that at one particular day they held celebrations to thank the gods for the bountiful harvests and the abundance of animals […]