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Culture in Ghana, Africa East Africa is a massive region, containing hundreds of countries and spanning as many as 19 territories. The cultures of East Africa are diverse, but there are common threads that run through much of the region.
Many countries have a shared heritage of Western colonialism, Islamic conquest and subsequent independence. At times multiple countries have been joined under a single African Empire, colonial territory or sultanate. As much as these countries have in common, so, too, do they differ; in fact, even within a single nation there may be as many as a hundred different cultures, dozens of languages and very distinct views of their national identity.
Range of East African Culture Like many arbitrary distinctions, there is some debate over which nations are a part of East Africa. East African History East Africa is generally considered to be the Cradle of Man, the region where modern hominids evolved.
Agriculture itself began in the highlands of Ethiopia, with the domestication of the wild ass and teff.
Up until the 15th century, the cultures of Eastern Africa lived in relative isolation, building up kingdoms and empires, spreading agriculture and civilization throughout the region.
In the 15th century, the Portuguese began exploring the coast of East Africa, seeking to seize control of the spice trade from the Muslim presence in the Middle East. Islamic resistance to this led to a large-scale Arab colonization of the coast, which lasted until European colonialism began in earnest in the 19th century.
The Portuguese, Germans, French, British and Italians all controlled large portions of East Africa during the colonial period; all of these countries influenced the local culture significantly.
Language and Religion in East Africa There are hundreds of languages spoken throughout East Africa, ranging from those spoken by only a few thousand to those spoken by millions. The most widely-spoken language, by far, is Swahili, with more than 5 million native speakers, and millions more who speak it as a secondary trade language.
Africa Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - Author: Terence O. Ranger. Dance and Society in Eastern Africa, by T.O. Ranger starting at. Dance and Society in Eastern Africa, has 0 available edition to buy at Alibris Alibris for Libraries. “Dance and Society in Eastern Africa” is an attempt to shed light on certain realities of the colonial situation in Eastern Africa. With this aim, Ranger focuses his practice on a particular type of ngoma, ie a dance, called Beni, which was born and has developed in response to the contact between local populations and Europeans.
The island nations of East Africa, such as Madagascar, do not speak Swahili, instead speaking their own native languages, such as Malagasy.
The legacy of Islamic rule along the coast of East Africa remains strong, and the majority of those on the coast and in North-East Africa are practicing Muslims.
Native religions are still widely practiced throughout East Africa as well, especially in the rural areas. East African Food and Clothing East African cuisine makes heavy use of grains and tubers, which are often processed into a mash, eaten with either bread or rice.
Yams, millet, sorghum, beans, corn and teff are all widely seen. These dishes are generally accompanied by a meat dish and significant amounts of milk and butter.
Pork is not widely seen in East Africa, because of the Islamic influence; most meat dishes consist of chicken, beef or buffalo. Western clothing is most commonly seen in the cities of East Africa, but traditional garb is still worn in rural regions.
Clothes are brightly colored and consist of simple wraps, covering either only the lower body or both the lower body and upper body. In Islamic regions, covering is more substantial, and daily wear includes a head wrap.
Music in East Africa East African music consists of simpler instrumentation than Central Africa or West Africa, with a heavy reliance on percussion and basic horns, and less in the way of complex bowing.
Since the s East Africa has produced a great deal of fusion music, incorporating elements from Western music to create mash-ups of traditional and modern. Many countries in North-East Africa draw on Arabic influence in their music as well, incorporating elements such as religious poetry into the songs.Get this from a library!
Dance and society in Eastern Africa, the Beni ngoma.
[T O Ranger]. Title: Dance and Society in Eastern Africa, The Beni Ngoma: Author: Ranger, T.O. Year: City: Berkeley: Publisher: University of California Press.
The Maasai people stood against slavery and lived alongside most wild animals with an aversion to eating game and birds. Maasai land now has East Africa's finest game areas.
Maasai society never condoned traffic of human beings, and outsiders looking for people to enslave avoided the Maasai. Apr 16, · The East African Community (EAC) consists only of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda; both Burundi and Rwanda are sometimes considered a part of Central Africa.
Dance and Society in Eastern Africa, The Beni Ngoma Ranger, Terence O. Technical University of Kenya: Call For Papers, Music and Dance Research in East Africa Selected bibliographical references Askew, K.M., , Performing the Nation, Swahili Music and Cultural Politics in Tanzania,Chicago, University of Chicago Press.