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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the African Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your African Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Wedding Traditon of the Nuer People
The traditional Nuer people of South Sudan and Ethiopia place cattle at the heart of their community. The Nuer wedding happens in stages starting with a gift of cattle from the groom to the bride’s clan and is finalized when the bride produces her third child, ensuring male lineage.
2. Cheops and the Great Pyramid of Giza
Little is known about Cheops, the Egyptian pharaoh who was responsible for one of the most impressive structures on earth - the Great Pyramid of Giza. But his pyramid ensures his memory will last for at least another million years.
3. Creation by the Kuba People
The Creation is an important aspect of the religious beliefs of the Kuba people of central Africa. It explains how they were created and how the world around them came to be. This provides a foundation for their lives today.
4. Zimbabwe's Flame Lily
Zimbabwe's national flower, the Flame Lily, is facing extinction. In a country where so many live below the poverty line, this flower can bring an income to some of the poorer communities.
5. Southern Tip of Africa
The brave explorers sailed around the southern tip of Africa on their way to the East in hope of finding their fortunes. This treacherous stretch of coastline took many lives, inspired the construction of a beautiful lighthouse and is the furthest south you can go on the African continent.
6. Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro, the famous inactive volcano, which dominates the Tanzanian plains, was declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa on February 11, 2013 as it has inspired writers, poets, artists and explorers for over 150 years.
7. Rooibos Tea
Rooibos tea or Red Tea from South Africa began to gain popularity in western countries during WWII. This caffeine-free tea has a rich history and has become a popular drink in many variations and flavors and has some interesting uses too.
8. Festival of the Sahara
Life in the Sahara Desert is difficult and lonely. Once a year, for four days, tribes from North Africa come together in Tunisia to celebrate the desert, challenge each other in tests of survival and share desert tradition.
9. Coffee was born in Africa!
Coffee has become so much a part of our lives that it is almost impossible to imagine a world without it. Centuries ago, in Ethiopia, a shepherd discovered that the reddish bean made his goats 'dance'!
10. The African Sound of Fado and Mariza
Fado is a traditional Portuguese style of music that is celebrated in Mozambique. Mariza, a popular local singer, lends her soulful and colorful voice to the unique sounds of Fado. Mariza’s African roots are clear in her love of music and the passion she injects into her singing.
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