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BITS OF CULTURE - Botswana
 
Languages
Geography
Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

English,
Setswana (Tswana),
Kung
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Geography


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Cultural Values
  • Families in rural villages live in traditional compounds, usually with two or three small houses with cylindrical clay walls and conical thatch roofs, set round an open fireplace and surrounded by low clay walling.
  • The chief’s household is generally situated at the center of the compound, surrounded by wards of relatives and members of the chief’s family.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Indigenous beliefs, Christianity
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Health Care Values

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Diet
  • There are dishes including the mopane worm, a caterpillar-like grub that can be cooked in hot ash, boiled in salt water or dried and deep-fried.
  • Traditional drinks include palm wine, a less than legal, extremely potent swill, and kgadi, made from distilled brown sugar or fungus.
  • Common diet and cuisine consist of sorghum and maize porridge, beans and pulses and traditional spinach, supplemented by tomato and potato or onion usually purchased from stores.
  • Meat consumption, (traditionally consisting of occasional wildlife or goat, and beef but rarely) has become more common with the opening of small butcheries selling beef.

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Interesting Facts
  • Botswana is populated by no less than 20 different tribes.
  • Botswana received its name from the country's principal ethnic group, the Tswana, who can be divided into eight tribes.
  • Botswana has one of the highest standards of education and health in Africa due to a relatively strong economy and some of the world's richest diamond formations.

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