Beehive dwellings are widely used traditional huts built out of painted mud or a wooden framework and covered with layers of thatched grass for roofing. Zulu people are one of the largest producers of these huts, which are typically made using wooden frames, while Xhosa huts are made using mud. These traditional huts are most often laid out in a circular position to form a community.Continue Reading
Zulu huts employ the use of black wattle saplings to create their structure, natal fig bark as tying materials and rock alder to create a central pole support. Dried mud is the base of the similarly designed Xhosa huts, which are typically painted. Floors are traditionally made of dried and polished cow dung.
The Venda people build circular huts that are surrounded by deep verandas that have plaster ceilings. Similar to the huts created by the Tswana, Pedi and Tsonga people, the ceilings of these huts are most often painted with concentric patterns called "the eye of the lion." The Sotho people build a similar hut with the inclusion of a snout-like entrance. Ndebele villages, also in South Africa, are also made of similar huts, but are differentiated by their unique polychromatic wall art.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
A subculture is a small segment of people that operate within the framework of the dominant culture. In contrast, a counterculture is a group of people with shared values that go against one or more significant values of the dominant culture.Full Answer >
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Chinese masks are made from a wide variety of materials, which may include stones, metals, leather,cloth, paper and grass. The use of Chinese masks can be traced back to ancient Shamanic rituals during which the masks were used for exorcisms or for funeral rites. As of 2014, Chinese masks are used during Chinese New Year celebrations and theatrical performances, and they can even be used as decorative pieces.Full Answer >
Chinook men rarely wore clothing beyond a breechcloth, while the women wore bark or cedar grass skirts. They protected themselves from the rain with capes made out of tule rush, a grasslike plant in the region. During cold weather, they wore fur robes and moccasins to stay warm. Both genders wore basket hats woven from spruce roots.Full Answer >