Ashanti to Zulu - African Traditions Author:Margaret Musgrove While a Kung boy searches for water under the desert sand and a Lozi girl settles into a boat to leave her flooded home, a Doga farmer is carving his fields into a mountain side and a Jie herder is grazing his cattle on flat green grasslands. As a Ouadi market woman bargains from beneath the shelter of woven leaves that protects her from the ho... more »t sun. A Zosa woman wraps up in a blanket to keep warm. This is Africa, an enormous and varied continent inhabited by hundreds of different peoples whose array of customs and traditions are as diverse as the land itself. In this collection of vignettes I have tried to introduce the reader to twenty-six African people by depicting a custom important to each. Some of the customs are unique and relate only to a particular people. Others are shared by many peoples, but all reflect African values or philosophies.
In spite of the fact that modern technology is bringing new ways and directions to African life, the traditions that have been passed from generation to generation are still respected and practiced. I hope that this collection will give the reader not only a feeling for the vastness of the African continent and the varieties of her peoples, but for the place that tradition holds at he very heart of African life.« less