The Traditions Of The Zulu Tribes From Southern Africa, And The Masaai Tribe From Eastern Africa

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There are over 3000 tribes in Africa who all have unique lifecycle traditions (Reference, 2016). This paper is going to focus on two unique tribes: the Zulu tribe from Southern Africa, and the Masaai tribe from Eastern Africa. Although these two tribes are both from the same continent, their practices of tradition are very different. Their cultures were created long ago so they have very specific traditions that are vital to the culture, and make it what it is. They are sacred traditions. Four aspects of Zulu and Maasai culture that I will be talking about in this paper are birth rituals, coming of age or puberty rituals, marriage rituals, and finally death rituals. These are times that happen in the lives of both cultures, but what is interesting is how the two cultures have very different rituals from one another.
According to Larsen, Msane, and Monkhe’s article “The Zulu Birth Attendant”, the Zulu and Maasai both have midwives who help them to give birth to their babies, but the birthing rituals are parallel to one another. The Zulu have people called “second mothers” who are traditional birthing attendants, also known as a midwife (p 541). The midwives were shared among the Zulu women and they usually delivered 4-5 babies each day (p 541). Ancestors played a vital role in the Zulu culture, especially when it involved the Zulu family process (p 541). Their lineage depended on the reproductive success so they would have descendants (p 541). From conception to birth, the…

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