Polygamy in traditional Shona society, as told in ‘Tambaoga Mwanangu’

A polygamous family I’ve just started reading ‘Tambaoga Mwanangu.’ This is a story about how an eighteen year old boy, Tambaoga, went about trying to solve the mystery of the murder of his father VaMupakaviri, the king. I haven’t gotten to the end, but I’m sure he succeeded. Tambaoga came from a polygamous family. The … Read more

Mutupo| 6 interesting things you should know about Shona totems, praise names and poetry

This post was last updated on 10 June 2022. Mutupo, chidao and detembo redzinza Mutupo (plural is mitupo) is the word for totem. Chidao/ Chidawo (plural is zvidao/ zvidawo) refers to a praise name identifying a sub-clan. Detembo redzinza (plural is nhetembo dzemadzinza) is the praise poem of a clan. The mutupo system is an … Read more