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Traditional medicine| 50 plants to take you back to the basics of medicine and healing

By ZimbOriginal | April 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In many parts of Zimbabwe, reliance is still placed on traditional medicines due to their affordability and ease of access. In some cases, there are cultural and spiritual considerations that come into play. Below are 50 plants that are used to treat various diseases and ailments. 1. Mugan’acha lannea discolor An infusion of the bark … Read more

Zvirahwe| Riddle me these 30 Shona riddles

By ZimbOriginal | April 15, 2020 | 16 Comments

Riddles are sometimes considered a form of folklore. To some extent, they reveal the thoughts and expression of a people. Below are a number of common Shona riddles, with some context to help you get the gist. 1. Mangwanani chinofamba namakumbo mana, masikati maviri, manheru matatu. Munhu (Human) No other animal that exists today is … Read more

Tsumo| Generational wisdom from 20 Shona proverbs

By ZimbOriginal | March 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Proverbs are regarded as a source of knowledge and wisdom passed down through generations.Below are twenty Shona proverbs together with an explanation of what inspired each proverb, and its application. 1. Guyu kutsvuka, kutsvuka zvaro asi mukati rizere masvosve. guyu (onde): fig Inspiration for proverbThe fig fruit ripens from pale green to yellow or red … Read more

6 things worth knowing about traditional practices when faced with a disease outbreak

By ZimbOriginal | March 25, 2020 | 2 Comments

The traditional values of Zimbabwean people are centered on strong family ties and hospitality. Members of a family rely on each other for support and show solidarity in the various facets of life. Nevertheless, things are not always as rosy as they are supposed to be. A family could easily and unbearably become the greatest … Read more

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Tsumo| 20 Shona proverbs inspired by animals

By ZimbOriginal | February 29, 2020 | 2 Comments

Traditionally, hunting and agriculture have been the primary means of livelihood for the majority of Zimbabweans. It is therefore not surprising that a large number of Shona proverbs relate to animals. Below are 20 Shona proverbs inspired by animals. 1. Bere zvarakatya, mapapata aro mangani? mapapata: remains – scattered bones, generally of an animal Inspiration … Read more

Should children maintain their native language?

By ZimbOriginal | February 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

To speak, or not to speak? There is a widely held view or belief that children should learn to speak their native language. By native language, I mean the mother tongue or the language of one’s ethnic group. This view is supported by the notion that native languages promote diversity, help children understand their heritage … Read more

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Investing in a goat still paying off, 18 years on

By ZimbOriginal | January 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sheila’s story – She invested in a goat back in 2002 I recently spent some time with a cousin of mine, Sheila. She shared an interesting story with me, I couldn’t help but share it. In 2002 she completed her O’ levels and moved from her rural home to the nearest town to seek employment. … Read more

Beliefs| 13 strange beliefs; from trapping death, to generational curses

By ZimbOriginal | January 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Most superstitious beliefs and practices are rooted in uroyi (witchcraft). Uroyi involves the infliction of harm upon others because of jealousy, greed, revenge, or simply because one can. A competence which one inherits from their ancestors is known as shavi. It is common to hear people say of a witch, ‘she possesses shavi reuroyi,’ as witchcraft is known to … Read more

Ngano| The moon and how the world was made: Part Two

By ZimbOriginal | December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Continued from Ngano| The moon and how the world was made The offspring of Marinda Mwedzi was restless; tossing and turning all night. He had never forgotten his first night with Nyamatsatsi. He woke up very early the following morning, wondering what to expect. When he looked at Marinda he noticed her body was swollen, … Read more

Ngano| The moon and how the world was made

By ZimbOriginal | November 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

A long time ago, the earth was a cold empty place with nothing but land and a vast body of water called Dziva. Mwari, an ever present being, lived in the skies. One day while gazing from above, he suddenly smiled as he thought to himself. He was going to make a man. Immediately, he took … Read more

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    Shungu is the voice behind zimboriginal.com. She has a restless hand and a penchant for discovery. Her upbringing is fairly balanced between an urban and rural setting. The urban - pretty basic and spent almost entirely in boarding school. The rural - not so glorious and filled with all the dreaded chores that come with keeping a rural homestead going. Shungu is a qualified chartered management accountant and currently lives in Harare, Zimbabwe. Learn more.

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