They use Setswana in everyday life ‘if you want to travel to Botswana why not pick up simple swana words that you can use when you travel their ‘. The main religion is Christianity, though these days the modern western culture lifestyle has been adapted by many African countries and little African culture in certain rural areas.
Their traditional music is performed by tswana people during special occasions like weddings, feasts, initiation ceremony, using traditional instruments like; segaba which is similar to the violin, and the setikane made of many forks and played like a keyboard. This type of fork music has been practiced for many years now from generation to generation till now.
The cuisine of Botswana
Is similar to that of other southern African countries, a must try when you travel to southern Africa.
Traditionally a man’s wife was selected for him by his family it was not love at first sight.
If he came from a wealthy family he could marry more than one wife. A man would pay the bride’s family a bride before she become his wife called bogadi and only then could the children she bore be part of the man’s family after he has paid her bride price.
Is the wife failed to produce a child the families would replace her with one of her sisters from her family. The bogadi can be paid in form of cattle, money or anything valuable that both families agree on.
But in today’s world these strong unfair rules of traditional marriages have reduced in Africa, a groom is free to pick the woman of his heart to marry, but the bride price system is still practiced even now in many countries in southern Africa. Due to education many people have learnt about modern ways and human rights.
Botswana is a must visit country in African friendly people that are welcoming and beautiful places to visit and many interesting traditional things to enjoy.
Thanks to our copywriter from Zambia.
Evanna Chawa Willima, a 28 year old Zambian girl. Works in Safari camps in National Parks in Zambia.
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