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ABOUT SHONA

Shona is one of the most widely spoken languages in Zimbabwe and the most widely spoken Bantu language as a first language. A people with a rich artistic heritage, the Shona are most known for their exquisite and high quality stone sculpting. Shona sculptures, through their beautiful surfaces and solid forms, express extraordinary emotional power that speaks to all people. A deeply spiritual people, the Shona are known to revere their ancestors as spiritual intercessors to God. They often used spirit mediums through whom they communicated with these spirits. Most famous of these spirit mediums is Nehanda Nyakasikana, who was an indispensable source of inspiration in the nationalist fight against colonisation. The most prominent tourist attraction of the Shona people and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is Great Zimbabwe, an archaeological masterpiece attesting to the greatness and artistic innovation of their ancestors. Built entirely of amazing stone sizes with no mortar joining them, Great Zimbabwe was founded in the 11th century and soon became a centre for trade. Its surviving ruins are some of the oldest and largest structures in Southern Africa and its most formidable edifice, the Great Enclosure, is the largest ancient structure south of the Sahara. The present-day country of Zimbabwe was named after Great Zimbabwe.

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