I nhlikanhi - Hello in Venda
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I nhlikanhi is a common greeting in Venda. We present to you some interesting information about the language and the people who speak the language.
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Venda or Tshivenda is a Bantu language and an official language of South Africa. It is mainly spoken by the Venda people in the northern part of South Africa's Limpopo province, as well as by some Lemba people in Zimbabwe. The Venda language is related to Kalanga, which is spoken in Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Here we will share some amazing facts about the Venda language and Venda people:
The Venda language uses the Latin alphabet.
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The Venda people tribe has been called a “composite people” because they have historically consisted of a multiplicity of culturally different groups.
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Since the Venda people get settled in Limpopo province, they have become culturally uniform.
The Venda people are proud of their traditions and re-introduce their standards and morals to every new generation to ensure that they do not become diluted.
According to Venda customs, a Khoro takes place every Sunday. This is a Venda Tribal Council. Here chiefs and senior citizens get together and discuss the matter concerning the community.
Traditionally the Venda chiefs are custodians of the land for their people, while local headmen permit household groups to occupy and work tracts of land. Lineages of kinsmen, with membership based on patrilineal descent, are used to reckon inheritance and succession.
Agriculture dominates the Venda economy. The principal crops are corn (maize), peanuts (groundnuts), beans, peas, sorghum, and vegetables.
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Music is one of the most important components of Venda culture. Venda people have music for every major life event – worship, sadness, joy, work, and grieving. Drumbeats accompany most of their music, and exceptions are made for songs, which are usually murmured.
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Traditional cooking is another major part of their culture. The traditional meal is Tshidzimba, which is a mixture of groundnuts, beans, and mielie (or corn) grains.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Venda, let us all know!