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Great Zimbabwe--Culture

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Caroline Caraci

on 10 April 2014

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Transcript of Great Zimbabwe--Culture

Social Structure
Religious life
Around 1200 CE Great Zimbabwe was the hot spot for trade and religion.
Written Language And Oral Language
Great Zimbabwe did not have a written language
Woman: worked in the small holdings, were responsible for domestic work, raising children
A Little Family Tree
Great Zimbabwe : Culture
Caroilne Caraci

Various Shona dialects exist outside of Zimbabwe. (ex: Zimbabwe, southern Zambia, and west-central Mozambique.
The first settlers in Great Zibabwe were most likely the Shona speaking people around 350 AD.
The Shona tribe is tribe among other groups in Zimbabwe. The Shona represent over 80% of the population and numbering approximately to nine million.
Social Structure
The city's center was only inhabited by the wealthiest of all Zimbabweans.
Non wealthy Zimbabweans lived outside the cities wall in mud huts, which served as their home.
Some anthropologist even think that the tall walls that surround Zimbabwe were a way to separate social classes, along with serving as protection.
Richest people lived farther in the walls
High Upper Class
Rich but not RICH lived close to walls, but still lived inside.
Lower Upper Class
The most famous God that the Zimbabweans were known for worshiping was Mwari. He is known as the God of the natural order.

The Hill Complex is a sacred place where the king was housed.
They thought communication with the gods was so sacred, that it needed to be achieved by a medium.
The Hill Complex
Zimbabwe = "Great stone house"
start: 44:00
End: 45: 04
Sadly, with nobody to continue speaking Zimbabwe's native language it was forgotten and no longer exists.
Men VS Woman Work
Men: Worked in small holdings, but were mostly civil servants.
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