Zambian Culture -What is it?
The Zambian Culture consists of a rich diversity of cultures since there are 73 ethnic groups. Zambia is a big country: it is 752,614 square Kilometers, divided in ten provinces.
But what is culture?
According to the article authored by Mubanga E. Kashoki, Professor of African Languages at the University of Zambia, appearing in the Post Newspapers dated 24th March 2008, quoting from the UNESCO world Conference held in Mexico in 1982, he said about culture:
“The whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society or social group. It includes not only arts and letters, but also modes of life, the fundamental rights of the human being, value systems and beliefs.’’
Therefore, the culture that is discussed here follows the above quotation.
The Zambia Cultural Heritage shown here is an attempt by the Zambian government to wage a relentless war against the modern stranglehold of globalization.
In these web pages you will come to know that culture does not necessarily mean things of the past. It also means the way
the culture in Zambia is responding to the new emerging culture. Indeed the Zambian culture and in fact all cultures, or
life in Zambia
in general, is dynamic.
The Culture also involves the Zambian Customs
or the life
style of people. For example, simple things such as the
Zambian Social Etiquette
Zambian call boys
, may be weaved
Zambian Traditional Dancing
of the Luvale in North-Western
are also part of Zambian culture.
and crafts bought at Kabwata Cultural village
in Lusaka and
Mukuni Park Curio Market
in Livingstone are equally part of Zambia culture. If you are new in the country and you
want to know the customs and culture of the Zambian people, the
is the best place
to start from.
Not to be forgotten in culture is marriage
, which includes traditions
such as paying dowry In Zambia
Yes, culture covers a wide range of activities. It includes
the Tonga music festival,
harvest ceremonies such as Juba ja Nsomo of the Kaonde of Northern-Western province,
Initiation ceremonies of the
Kulamba traditional ceremony of the Chewa people of the Eastern province, and
Chisemwa cha Lunda of the Lunda of the North-Western Province.
Other traditional ceremonies are Umutomboko of the Kazembe Lunda,
Nc’wala of the Ngoni of Eastern Province,
Likumbi lya Mize of the Luvale people of the North-Western Province,
of the Barotseland, Ichibwela Mushi of the Bisa, Swaka,Ila and Lamba of Central Zambia,
Shimunenga cattle drive
of the Ila of Southern Province, Lwiindi traditional ceremony of the Tonga in Southern Province and many
A trip to any one of the
Zambian museums is also a good way of learning the country's culture and the lives of it's people.
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