EDG 1 final.docx - Ethnicity is one of the major issues that has brought about major talks in the country today How one perceives ethnicity depends on

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Ethnicity is one of the major issues that has brought about major talks in the country today. How one perceives ethnicity depends on the literature that they have been exposed to and this all depends on the aims of writing which the writer had and the channel of communication which the wanted and thought of using. It is therefore, for this reason that the first part of this piece of academic writing will discuss a Zambian ethnic cultural group’s aspects under: (i) Rituals (ii) Norms (iii) Beliefs (iv) Values. The second part will discuss on Channel of communication and lastly, the third part will look at writing as an art which cannot be taught and with examples discuss the aims of writing. Scot Taylor (2006, p.10) cites that many of the contemporary ethnic groups in Zambia arrived in the territory as recently as 2000 to 500 years ago. The Tonga and the Ila are believed to be among the longest resident peoples, arriving from the east in what is now Zambia’s Southern Province around A.D 1200. Other groups followed a southern route: with links to the Lunda, the Lunda, Luvale, Kaonde, Lamba, Lozi; and those with off-shoots of the Luba- Lunda Empire in Congo, the Bemba and the Bisa. The last major group are the Ngoni, offshoots of the Zulu Kingdom. The Lozi society is highly stratified, with a monarch at the top and those of recent royal descent occupying high positions in society. The monarch or Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) is known as Mulonga, and Lozi society tolerates little criticism even of an unpopular Litunga. Criticisms of a Litunga by a foreigner are treated as criticisms of the Lozi nation as a whole. The Lozi are not separate into clans, unlike most African ethnic groups. It is therefore for this reason that the cultural norms, values, beliefs and rituals are going to be looked at in particular and inter changeably since there is a very slight difference amongst all of them and a bigger part of similarities. For this cause, the paragraphs below are going to be explaining all the above four. Lozi culture is strongly influenced by the flood cycle of the Zambezi river, with annual migrations taking place from the flood plain to higher ground at the start of the wet season . The most important of these festivals is the Kuomboka , in which the Litunga moves from Lealui in the flood plain to Limulunga on higher ground. The Kuomboka usually takes place in February or March. The Lozi are primarily monotheistic, but they retain a number of beliefs about spirits and other supernatural beings. Elaborate rituals and offerings are focused on the burial sites of former 1
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kings and chief princesses. Priests mediate between the Lozi and the spirits of their former rulers. There is a different set of beliefs and practices concerning commoner ancestors, and rituals concerning these spirits takes place on an individual level. Sorcery, divination, exorcism , and the use of amulets are all elements in the Lozi religious system.
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