Zambia is located in the heart of Southern Africa, being an area of highlands (1000 – 1400 meters), slightly wavy and covered by tall grasses of the savannah.
The vegetation is represented by the savanna with palms and baobabs and the rainforest with valuable essences, mahogany and many others. It covers a large part of the territory. In the SW side, there are vast forests of teak.
As for the people here, in the rural area, the locals have the habit of consuming dry mice as an aperitif, and manners say that you have to start with the head, continue with the body and never eat the tail because it is used for cleaning the teeth. If we find this idea completely repulsive, for them the mouse is an important source of proteins, which is very cheap.
Zambia is a vivid world, with no paved roads, huge windows or aluminum, with people who are extremely simple, with wild animals walking on the side of the road and extremely poor but clean and sincere people.
The contemporary culture of Zambia is a mix between values, norms, material and spiritual traditions belonging to more than 70 ethnically diverse people. Many of the rural inhabitants have preserved their indigenous and traditional customs and values. When a stranger approaches them, before any conversation is made, a greeting is always exchanged. The man is the one who should withhold his hand until the woman offers hers. The locals always offer gifts to the visitors, as a sign of honor, friendship or gratitude, and the visitor should never refuse the gift and accept it with both hands at the same time, while expressing his gratitude.
The wedding and the funeral are both important events in the villages. For example, during a wedding the bride has to be bought from her parents in exchange of “Lobola” which is the bride price and after that the bride is taken to the man’s village. The funerals are also important because everyone clubs together to pay for the expenses and the whole grief becomes an emotional affair.
Samira Gutoc is the founder and managing editor of Atlas and Co. She is also a content writer, blogger, poet, photographer and an editorial associate.