South Africa culture - South Africa is known for its ethnic...

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South Africa is known for its ethnic and cultural diversity. Therefore, there is no single culture of South Africa . Zulus in Natal Castle of Good Hope , the oldest colonial building in South Africa The South African black majority still has a substantial number of rural inhabitants who lead largely impoverished lives. It is among these people, however, that cultural traditions survive most strongly; as blacks have become increasingly urbanised and Westernised , aspects of traditional culture have declined. Urban blacks usually speak English or Afrikaans in addition to their native tongue. There are smaller
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but still significant groups of speakers of Khoisan languages who are not included in the eleven official languages, but are one of the eight other officially recognised languages. There are small groups of speakers of endangered languages , most of which are from the Khoi-San family, that receive no official status; however, some groups within South Africa are attempting to promote their use and revival. Members of middle class, who are predominantly white but whose ranks include growing numbers of black, coloured and Indian people, [1] have lifestyles similar in many respects to that of people found in Western Europe, North America and Australasia . Members of the middle class often study and work abroad for greater exposure to the markets of the world. Indian South Africans preserve their cultural heritage, languages and religious beliefs, being either Christian, Hindu or Sunni Muslim and speaking English, with Indian languages like Hindi , Telugu , Tamil or Gujarati being spoken less frequently as second languages. The first Indians arrived on the Truro ship as indentured labourers in Natal to work the Sugar Cane Fields, while the rest arrived as traders. A post apartheid wave of South Asian (including Pakistani ) immigration has also influenced South African Indian culture. There is a much smaller Chinese South African community, made up of early immigrants, apartheid-era immigrants from Taiwan , and post-apartheid immigrants from mainland China . Contents [ hide ] 1 Art 2 Architecture 3 Literature o 3.1 Poetry 4 Cinema 5 Music 6 Cuisine
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o 6.1 Wine 7 Education 8 Social mores o 8.1 Gender roles o 8.2 Sexual orientation 9 Science and technology 10 Sports o 10.1 Scouting 11 See also 12 References [ edit ] Art Main article: Art of South Africa Eland , rock painting , Drakensberg , South Africa The oldest art objects in the world were discovered in a South African cave. Dating from 75,000 years ago, [2] these small drilled snail shells could have no other function than to have been strung on a string as a necklace. South Africa was one of the cradles of the human species. One of the defining characteristics of our species is the making of art (from Latin 'ars' meaning worked or formed from basic material). The scattered tribes of
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course ARTS AND C 103 taught by Professor Prof.charito during the Spring '11 term at Stellenbosch University-South Africa.

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