Mozambique, Maputo: architecture, traditions, culture and dance

Mozambique Culture

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The culture of Mozambique is supported at the state level. The government has even established a National Institute to create collections and preserve traditional music, crafts, fairy tales, and myths.

The culture of Mozambique is supported at the state level. The government has even established a National Institute to create collections and preserve traditional music, crafts, fairy tales, and myths.

The vibrant culture of Mozambique.

Because of poverty and low literacy rates, written literary genres are not as common as one would hope, but there is a strong oral tradition of storytelling, and many of the country’s contemporary writers make good use of this. Mozambique’s national culture is rich in tales, parables, myths, and anecdotes that are still passed down from generation to generation.

Local scholars claim that most of the population adheres to traditional customs. Of the eight million who confirm their religious affiliation, about 24% are Catholics, so the main religion in Mozambique is Christianity, 22% are Protestants and 20% are Muslims. There are also small groups of Jews, Hindus, and Bahai throughout the country. The People’s Republic of Mozambique is a secular state where the government guarantees every citizen full freedom of conscience and religion.

Despite its considerable mineral wealth and agrarian nature, Mozambique’s economy has fallen on hard times and is heavily dependent on foreign aid. The effects of the civil war, as well as natural disasters such as droughts and floods, have taken their toll. The main exports are shrimp, cashew nuts, and cotton. About 80 percent of the population is employed in agriculture. Long-term growth prospects are encouraging, but overall success depends heavily on good weather and a stable political situation

Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, founded in 1962, has departments of agricultural sciences, biology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, veterinary medicine, and others. Mozambique’s science is mainly concentrated in the capital, where there is also the National Geology Authority, a research institute, the National Institute of Health, and the Meteorological Service.

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Mozambique’s graphic arts are known for traditional sculpture and woodcarving. The Makonde, a people living in the north, excel in this craft. Using hardwoods (mostly mahogany, ebony, and ironwood), craftsmen carve fashionable masks and sculptures known as “family of trees,” large images of various figures that tell stories of generations.

One of the most unique and interesting cuisines in South Africa is Mozambique . Access to the ocean provides a great variety of seafood, which is used to prepare even the simplest dishes, but the staple food is porridge made from corn. A common form of sauce is the incredibly spicy and tangy Piri Piri, in which shrimp are often marinated, adding garlic, onions, lemon and vinegar. Rice and vegetables are often used as a side dish. The popularity of a particular dish is also influenced by the geography of Mozambique.

Customs and Traditions of Mozambique

There are elaborate, well-developed Mozambican dance customs and traditions that are followed throughout the country. Dances often have religious significance. During hunting dances, lion skins and monkey tails are worn, spears and swords are swung, and battles are acted out. The Makua men, dressed in colorful costumes and masks, stand on two-meter-long stilts during the dance and can jump around the village for hours. The culture of honoring ancestors also plays an important role in traditional customs.

Soccer is the most popular sport in Mozambique . It is a spectacular sport that people in Mozambique watch with particular enthusiasm and look forward to the next match. There are other sports that are popular in the country, such as basketball and volleyball.

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