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History, Culture, Customs, Traditions and Practices Of the Africans of South Africa: Deconstructing Historical Amnesia

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An artists impression of Mapungubwe in the thirtheenth century A.D.

An artists impression of Mapungubwe in the thirtheenth century A.D.

The newly re-zoned South African map. This Map shows the position of  Mapungubwe in relation to the country of South Africa as a whole

The newly re-zoned South African map. This Map shows the position of Mapungubwe in relation to the country of South Africa as a whole

Traditional  South African Venda region demarcated in Yellow, shown from the Old Transvaal Map, right on the Limpopo River

Traditional South African Venda region demarcated in Yellow, shown from the Old Transvaal Map, right on the Limpopo River

Mapungubwe replica wall

Mapungubwe replica wall

The Map Showing the Limpopo River

The Map Showing the Limpopo River

Major rivers and streams within Limpopo River Basin

Major rivers and streams within Limpopo River Basin

Aerial view of the Limpopo River

Aerial view of the Limpopo River

This map shows the approximate locations of modern African Peoples of south Africa

This map shows the approximate locations of modern African Peoples of south Africa

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Map of Limpopo

Map of Limpopo

The magnificent Baobab Tree in the Limpopo Bushveld

The magnificent Baobab Tree in the Limpopo Bushveld

Limpopo takes up to 10.2% of South Africa's total Land Area

Limpopo takes up to 10.2% of South Africa's total Land Area

Location of Mapungubwe on the Limpopo River   on the Old Transvaal Map

Location of Mapungubwe on the Limpopo River on the Old Transvaal Map

Mpumalanga (Formerly Eastern Transvaal) in the Old Transvaal

Mpumalanga (Formerly Eastern Transvaal) in the Old Transvaal

KwaZulu Natal on the Eastern coast of South Africa

KwaZulu Natal on the Eastern coast of South Africa

Eastern cape on the Southern Eastern Coast of South Africa

Eastern cape on the Southern Eastern Coast of South Africa

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Batswana people's pottery-making and is a dying tradition, today

Batswana people's pottery-making and is a dying tradition, today

Batswana people's earthenwre used to cook food and water

Batswana people's earthenwre used to cook food and water

Traditonal Botswana gbaskets

Traditonal Botswana gbaskets

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Open Cast mines in Phalaborwa

Open Cast mines in Phalaborwa

At a later stage of the operation a slightly more sophisticated type of bosun's chair takes Mr. Karel Kolkenbeck-Ruh across when the Selati River is in full flood

At a later stage of the operation a slightly more sophisticated type of bosun's chair takes Mr. Karel Kolkenbeck-Ruh across when the Selati River is in full flood

The two 'koppies' that the baPhalaborwa regard as sacred ground. Right: Sealene - (spread the blanket) - the original place of residents and the burial place of chiefs and sub-chiefs. Left: Mmodimulle "(the Gods have eaten")  where the chiefs' mother

The two 'koppies' that the baPhalaborwa regard as sacred ground. Right: Sealene - (spread the blanket) - the original place of residents and the burial place of chiefs and sub-chiefs. Left: Mmodimulle "(the Gods have eaten") where the chiefs' mother

Close up VCR conglomerate at Vaal Reefs (10 Shaft),  with its hangingwall of Ventersdorp basaltic lava

Close up VCR conglomerate at Vaal Reefs (10 Shaft), with its hangingwall of Ventersdorp basaltic lava

Good exposures of Banded Iron Formation can be seen in the open pit sidewalls, Thabazimbi Mines

Good exposures of Banded Iron Formation can be seen in the open pit sidewalls, Thabazimbi Mines

Stromatolitic structures in the Transvaal dolomites, Pering open pit

Stromatolitic structures in the Transvaal dolomites, Pering open pit

Thatba(means Mountain) in this case Thabazimbi means Mountain of iron- several pits have been established on the mountainous region underlain by steeply dipping Banded Iron Formation

Thatba(means Mountain) in this case Thabazimbi means Mountain of iron- several pits have been established on the mountainous region underlain by steeply dipping Banded Iron Formation

Cross section through the Kimberley Mine ("Big Hole")

Cross section through the Kimberley Mine ("Big Hole")

Aerial view of Kimberley, the type of locality of Kimberlite - the primary source of diamonds. Kimberley Mine open Pt ("Big Hole") in the foreground, and De Beers mine open pit in the background

Aerial view of Kimberley, the type of locality of Kimberlite - the primary source of diamonds. Kimberley Mine open Pt ("Big Hole") in the foreground, and De Beers mine open pit in the background

Vaal River near Bothaville, from cliffs cut into Karoo sandstones deposited in a beach environment, complete with heavy mineral placers

Vaal River near Bothaville, from cliffs cut into Karoo sandstones deposited in a beach environment, complete with heavy mineral placers

Mineral resources and ore reserves

Mineral resources and ore reserves

Zulu Hut

Zulu Hut

Zulu houses or huts in a beehive formation close-up

Zulu houses or huts in a beehive formation close-up

The inside design of the Zulu hut; note the central post and the bent stalks which are then covered with thatch

The inside design of the Zulu hut; note the central post and the bent stalks which are then covered with thatch

Ubumba meaning Zulu Potter

Ubumba meaning Zulu Potter

Zulu gourd used to drink traditional beer and mostly used during the "Amadlozi" (Ancestors) celebration or customary rites(called "Ukhamba")

Zulu gourd used to drink traditional beer and mostly used during the "Amadlozi" (Ancestors) celebration or customary rites(called "Ukhamba")

TheZulu ceramics shown here were baked in fire

TheZulu ceramics shown here were baked in fire

Zulu ceramics, arts and other crafts

Zulu ceramics, arts and other crafts

Zulu gourd/ceramics

Zulu gourd/ceramics

Zulu earthenware/ceramic of the 19th Century

Zulu earthenware/ceramic of the 19th Century

Vibrant Zulu ceramic ware and domestic cultural decorative tradition

Vibrant Zulu ceramic ware and domestic cultural decorative tradition

The Basotho Hat or "Mokorotlo(Mokianyeho

The Basotho Hat or "Mokorotlo(Mokianyeho

Basotho people's hut made of stones with thatched grass serving as a roof

Basotho people's hut made of stones with thatched grass serving as a roof

Basotho Arts and crafts

Basotho Arts and crafts

Basotho Arts and Crafts

Basotho Arts and Crafts

A Basotho gourd or Pot

A Basotho gourd or Pot

Dungamanzi(stirring Waters is part of the Tsona and Shangaan Art and shows awareness of the richness of creativity, inovation and a high degree of artistic skill in Limpopo and surrounding regions

Dungamanzi(stirring Waters is part of the Tsona and Shangaan Art and shows awareness of the richness of creativity, inovation and a high degree of artistic skill in Limpopo and surrounding regions

Khoi-Khoi Pot

Khoi-Khoi Pot

Mapungubwe aerial 1. Aerial photos taken a few months ago(around -2010 show the destruction  raken place, mined by an Australian company Coal of Africa Limited(CoAL) which was abruptly halted inits operations in Vele coal mine, 6 k km from Mapungubwe

Mapungubwe aerial 1. Aerial photos taken a few months ago(around -2010 show the destruction raken place, mined by an Australian company Coal of Africa Limited(CoAL) which was abruptly halted inits operations in Vele coal mine, 6 k km from Mapungubwe

South Africa has 11 official languages, and scores of unofficial ones. English is generally understood throughout the country. But more needs to be done in order to understood the broadly fused up African languages . Updated Census 2001 Statistics

South Africa has 11 official languages, and scores of unofficial ones. English is generally understood throughout the country. But more needs to be done in order to understood the broadly fused up African languages . Updated Census 2001 Statistics

This diagram shows how the sounds made by Africans, especially on the part where we speak of and should say the sounds originate from from when spoken

This diagram shows how the sounds made by Africans, especially on the part where we speak of and should say the sounds originate from from when spoken

This IPA Chart, if one understands it careful will help with the pronunciation of the African words in south Africa, along with "Kasi Slang" words or African Origin

This IPA Chart, if one understands it careful will help with the pronunciation of the African words in south Africa, along with "Kasi Slang" words or African Origin

The chart above is put into the Picture gallery to help pronounce and understand better the Consonants used in African Languages

The chart above is put into the Picture gallery to help pronounce and understand better the Consonants used in African Languages

The symbols above will help the reader pronounce and  spurt words which may be hard to understand or say in the languages of south Africa.

The symbols above will help the reader pronounce and spurt words which may be hard to understand or say in the languages of south Africa.

These are symbols and helping marks dealing with the Word Accents, tones, levels and contours found in the African languages in South Africa

These are symbols and helping marks dealing with the Word Accents, tones, levels and contours found in the African languages in South Africa

This chart helps the learner and reader of African languages in south are formulated and combined

This chart helps the learner and reader of African languages in south are formulated and combined

Home languages of South Africa's citizens

Home languages of South Africa's citizens

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Languages in South Africa

Languages in South Africa

Home Languages of South Africa Citizens

Home Languages of South Africa Citizens

Mapungubwe's History, Culture, Traditions, Customs and Practices Writ -Large


The psychology of individuals and groups may also, in part, be constructed from "historical and experiential amnesia".(Wilson)

"Out of The Mountain of Despair, You Can PIck Up A Stone Of Hope". MartinLuther King Jr.

The Loss Of African History and its Consequences

The culture of a people is perhaps best reflected in the language or languages. ...Each language, no matter how small the group, is dear to that group. To ask the members of any clan to replace their language with a foreign tongue is the same as asking them to replace themselves, for their native tongue is an inseparable part of themselves and their personalities. Yet, obviously, easy communication and understanding between numerous language groups are primary requirements of true nationhood and, what is more, there can be no effective national education program to help create an intelligent nation [with nine(9) languages-[that of the 9(nine] peoples spoken about in the first Hub ("South African Culture, Custom, and Practices Writ Large:Re-Morphed Cultural Renaissance against Dysfunctional Existence")

This hub is the continuation of the Hub: South african Culture, Custom and Practices Writ Large: Re-Morphed Cultural Renaissance Against Dysfunctional Existence. The covering and resuscitation of a culture of a people, in reality, needs more volumes than I can provide. In any case, I am working on giving a clearer and much more true history, culture and languages of the Africans in south Africa, than the phony-baloney fake distortion and culturally dividing and confusing the African people whose culture still needs to be discussed and interrogated thoroughly and extensively and finally, be put into its proper African historiographical perspective.

We must always be aware of one thing as we learn from these lessons from cultural differences and that is that culture cannot be lightly judged by simply saying "this is better" or "that is worse." But by that I do not mean that cultures do not have negative features which have to be surmounted, nor differences inimical to them. ...In preparing oneself for the necessity to understand cultural differences from the point of view of social class, without ever imagining that in a way one is preparing oneself towards understanding Class difference and regional differences-questions of taste, not only as regards the color of the clothes one wears and how one furnishes their room, the practice of hanging photographs on the walls, but also taste as regards food, what seasoning one uses-people's preference at dances for having the sound of the music turned up high, is part of the practices and validation of everyone's culture as practiced by all human beings globally.

Distinctive differences in language, in sentence construction and meanings, also teaches one that to hold on to ones' class prejudices against them or that would be the fatal denial of ones political stance. It also teaches one that to actually overcome ones negative aspects, which requires change in the material basis of society, and it means that the working class must assume their role as subject in the effort to revive the expressions of their culture (Fromm). Fromm says that we need to learn to have an attitude, to practice virtue, not only from a political standpoint, but also existentially: tolerance (Fromm). Understanding this definition above regarding culture, will only help us understand the hub and its contents below much more better and clearer, but the lessons of tolerance are embedded within that culture or cultures.