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African Oral Literature

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Styles and forms of oral artistic expression in Africa.

Artistic forms of expression are deeply ingrained in the black cultural experience and in the lives of African peoples,...

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Khoisan

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics.

Family of languages spoken primarily in southern Africa.

Khoisan languages, known for their click consonants, are spoken by both San foragers, pejoratively called Bushmen, and...

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Makonde

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Ethno-linguistic group of southeastern Africa.

The Makonde of Tanzania and Maconde of Mozambique live in the coastal regions to the north and south of the Ruvuma River,...

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Mozambique

Overview page. Subjects: History.

A country situated on the south-east coast of Africa, and bounded by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Swaziland.

Physical.

The Zambezi flows across...

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Mpondo

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Ethnic group of South Africa; also known as the Amapondo and the Pondo.

The Mpondo primarily inhabit Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. They speak Xhosa, a Bantu language in the...

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Ndebele

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

A Bantu-speaking Zulu people, branches of which are found in Zimbabwe (where they are better known as Matabele) and in the Transvaal.

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Ngoni

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Ethnic group consisting of approximately twelve distinct peoples; also known as Angoni, Abangoni, Mangoni, and Wangoni.

The Ngoni are a Bantu-speaking Nguni group who, before the...

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San

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Southern African Khoisan-speaking societies, historically known as nomadic foragers.

The term San refers to several different societies in southern Africa. Among the best known are...

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Shona

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Religion.

Ethnolinguistic group of southeastern Africa.

The history and culture of the Shona people is contested and complex. Those who call themselves Shona and speak a Shona dialect...

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Sotho

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies.

Southern African ethnic groups that speak the seSotho language; also known as Suthu or Suto.

Over seven million people who inhabit southern Africa speak seSotho, a Bantu language....

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