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The Swazi tribe of Africa

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Nina Crawford

on 18 December 2012

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The Swazi Tribe of Africa By Nina Crawford Their Heritage History This group came from the Embu a mountain range in Central Kenya. during the 18th century, while traveling through Mozambique, the MaKomati were still in the area and said in a oral tradition these Hindu mixed with some of the Nguni and even founded their own kingdoms. They occupied the country now known as Swaziland. Folklore One of the folklore from the Swazi people is the Rock Rabbit. the rock rabbit was to lazy to go get his tail when the time came, so he ask one of the hares to get him one. when he came back, they said that there wasn't any left for him. the morale of the story is "imbila yeswela umsila ngekulayetela" which means if you don't do things for yourself, you might get nothing! This is the tiny country of Swaziland Traditions The Swazi tribe, for the most part, stick to their old traditions which is mostly ceremonies and their dances. some of the dances are the rain dance, the reed dance and the dance of the first fruit. Religion The Swazi people are mostly christian but their are some small groups that study different religions Education School for 1st graders, 2nd graders, and orphans is free in Swaziland. In 1996, the primary school enrollment rate was 90.8%. In 1998, 80.5% of children reached grade five. The University of Swaziland provides higher education for ones who want it. the Swazi people are omnivores. eat eat a lot of the fruits and vegetables that they grow themselves. they also eat the animals they hunt. Food and clothing Swazi women traditionally wear their hair in a beehive style known as sicolo. married women typically wear a wrap skirt and a cloak. young women drape a blanket on themselves and wear armbands made by hand. traditionally men would spend hours on their appearence. music and language The official languages of Swaziland is English and Swati, a Bantu language. They're music is mostly folk music but more modern areas have music just like we do in the United States their neighboring tribe is mainly the Zulu tribe the end
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