African Art Part 5 – Mozambique

Mozambique is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east and Tanzania to the north, South Africa to the south west and Zimbabwe to the west. Mozambique is famous for its 2 500 kilometres of unspoilt beaches and its incredible diving opportunities. The reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago are home to over 1200 species of marine creatures including the rare Dugong. Big Game Fishing is also a tourist attraction in Mozambique.

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My dollies from Mozambique

Five fun facts about Mozambique

  1. The Vumba Rock Paintings are thought to be around 8,000 years old. They depict hunters and other human figures and animals.
  2. Mozambique is famous for its traditional music, especially its marimba bands.
  3. The northern regions of Mozambique are famous for their crafts, including sculptures produced by the Makondo people.
  4. The language officially spoken is Portuguese though Sena, Swahili and Makhuwa are spoken commonly.
  5. The Mozambique Island is one of the world heritage sites. The Bazarut Archipelago is the largest marine reserve in the Indian Ocean.

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A Mozambique myth

In Mozambique, the Ronga people tell the legend of a mother who left her child with Mother Hippo for safekeeping as the child’s life was threatened by an envious rival. Every night, Mother Hippo would emerge with the child so that it could suckle from its mother.

You can read more about African myths here: http://listverse.com/2013/07/18/ten-african-myths-and-legends-2/

Mozambique marimba music

Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

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49 thoughts on “African Art Part 5 – Mozambique

  1. Dolls are amazing! Very artistique! Dances are interesting. They show the connection with Brazilian samba & capoeira, for African roots are strong in Brazil. Pity though that they don’t wear traditional costumes. If would look gorgeous. 🙂

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      1. 🙂 Besides these dances demand a good physical form & a strong sense of rhythm. I’m convinced that Africa as well as any other tribe cultures are very rich and deserved more respect. And Mozambique is one of the most beautiful parts of the continent.

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      1. They really do Robbie. As Africa was the cradle of humanity and bypassed the Proto Indo European migrations colonising North Africa and Europe, meaning agriculture and pastoralism (as opposed to wild gardens) came late to the sub Saharan zones then they might represent an more authentic versions of the myths early humans told. An intriguing possibility!

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      1. Yes I remember.. My Daughter is travelling to Africa in November.. to see the White Lions.. A Sanctuary.. Dont ask me where abouts as I do not know the details as yet.. She lands at Johannesburg that I know.. She has travelled before alone when we went to volunteer at a Cheetah Sanctuary.. I have some wonderful photos of her with Cheetahs.. and Elephants.. Sending big hugs your way and enjoy your travels also Robbie xx

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      2. Hi Sue, that is wonderful. Most flights to Africa go through Johannesburg with a connecting flight to another destination in Africa. Some of my African colleagues complain as to fly from Zambia to Botswana they have to go through Johannesburg. Please remind your daughter that while Africa is lovely, Johannesburg can be a dangerous place as our crime levels are very high.

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