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Africa (Customs&Tradtions)



English: Connected with the topic AfroAsian People - Customs and Traditions.

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    • AFRICA
    • Map(s) of Africa Africa has often been referred to as the cradle of civilization. The first known societies are believed to have been from Africa. As such religions and cultures are inherently rich in Africa. AFRICA
    • AFRICA Africa is the second largest continent and the most populous after Asia. More than one billion people live in Africa. Origins of humans and hominids are traced back to Africa, making it the oldest habited region. Africa has a diverse geography ranging from deserts to snow capped mountains. Tropical rain forest is present in the equatorial region. Due south are found the grasslands which give way to the coastal plains. Long rivers such as Nile, Niger, Zaire, and Zambezi drain the continent. Africa consists of more than 50 countries and occupies a large amount of land divided into distinct ecological zones.
    • African CULTURE
    • CULTURE The music, art, literature, and cultural practices of Africa have provoked interest and respect throughout the world. The old belief that Africa is somehow childlike in its cultural development has been denounced as people become more familiar with the rich traditions of the continent. The material and inherent value of African art steadily increases in the world market. The music and literature of these peoples have found their way into houses and classrooms around the globe. We are beginning to learn through the works of scholars, film makers, and writers that Africans can teach us much more than we can show them.
    • CULTURE Due to adaptations to the different African regions, many African traditions and cultures have been developed. In colonial times Africa was exploited for its natural wealth, which led to major consequences such as slave trade, indentured labor and forced migration of people. To understand this further, consider the words of Dr. Marimba Ani, "The continuity of African cultural identity has been interrupted by the experience of slavery. We as people, have not been allowed to find our way back to the sense of cultural identity and continuity needed to function in the world with a collective consciousness.“
    • People and Culture When one thinks of Africa, many ideas come into the mind. The culture of Africa to many minds consists largely of tribal communities living in harmony with nature, with unchanged lifestyles since millennia. Also, other popular themes about Africa emphasize its natural wealth in the terms of flora and fauna over diverse landscapes such as deserts, grasslands, rain forest and coastal plains. Africa, even today stands out as a continent marked by violence, AIDS, underdevelopment and poverty, amidst vast resources of minerals and natural wealth. These images and information only serve to give an incomplete view of Africa.
    • African Tradition
    • Tradition African Tradition is expressed through many different art forms, such as music, dance, art, sculpture and beadwork. These traditions are deeply ingrained into the whole African Culture. Oral Traditions Word of mouth is very important in Africa and oral literature consists of myths, origin fables, folklore, history, genealogy, folk remedies and is very popular with the people of Africa, who previously did not store this knowledge in written records, but rather passed it from generation to generation by word of mouth. Singing and story telling are very popular and highly prized in society.
    • African Language
    • Language Many African languages are “tone languages,” meaning that pitch level determines meaning. The main ethno-linguistic divisions are Afro- Asiatic (North Africa, Horn of Africa), Niger-Congo (including speakers from the Bantu branch) in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, Nilo-Saharan in parts of the Sahara and the Sahel and parts of Eastern Africa, and Khoisan (indigenous minorities of Southern Africa). The continent of Africa speaks hundreds of languages, and if dialects spoken by various ethnic groups are also included, the number is much higher. These languages and dialects do not have the same importance: some are spoken by only few hundred persons, others are spoken by millions. Among the most prominent languages spoken are Arabic, Swahili and Hausa. Very few countries of Africa use any single language and for this reason several official languages coexist, African and European. Some Africans speak various European languages such as English, Spanish, French, and Dutch.
    • References http://www.africanculturalcenter.org/5_4culture.html# http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/african- traditions.html http://www.buzzle.com/articles/african-cultures-and- traditions.html http://www.afrigoods.org/html/History.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Africa
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