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Swahili Travel Destinations

Kenya The Masai Mara – Kenya During the dry season from July through October, the wildlife is abundant.  You can see the annual migration of over a million wildebeest.  You can see animals chasing their prey. This area is very native and not developed. Lamu – Kenya This is one of Kenya’s oldest…

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Common Swahili Children’s Names

Boys’ Names Baakin, Maalik, Azaan, Jaafar, Kitunzi, Rafiki, Taalib, Zahir, Akbar, Akili, Amani, Asani, Baraka, Chacha, Dajan, Hamdaan, Jasiri, Jelani, Kasim, Khalifa, Kinago, Lali, Malik, Nyuni, Rasul Girls’ Names Sanaa, Nia, Taabu, Aisha, Akilah, Bahati, Saada, Shani, Ajia, Saadiya, Safiya, Zakiya, Zari, Habeedah, Amani, Bahiya, Basma, Bishara, Chane, Dada, Dhakiya, Imani, Jahi, Jasira,…

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Swahili Traditional Music and Instruments

Dance, music and musical instruments all play a role in the Swahili culture.  The different regions have different dances, songs and instruments.  However, many of the traditional instruments are percussion and include variations of the following: The Taarab is a popular genre of music descended from Islamic roots, using instruments from Africa (percussion),…

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Swahili History

Between 1000-1800 A.D., many different people migrated to Africa and the eastern part of this country. The Bantu from the Congo or the Niger Delta Basin were the first to arrive, followed by the Luo from Bahr el Ghazel in Southern Sudan and then the Ngoni from Southern Africa. The Bantu-speaking groups include…

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Swahili Cuisine

Swahili culture is heavily influenced by others, the foods are an influence of other cultures, as well. Indian, Arabic and European dishes are eaten and  they may be changed a little from the original tastes, sometimes due to religious reasons.  Fish, tropical fruits and spices are common Swahili foods.

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Swahili Arts and Crafts

Swahili arts and crafts are shown in the design of carpets and rugs, porcelain and jewelry.  Swahili do not use designs of living things because of their Moslem beliefs.  Instead, you will see geometric patterns. A special type of architecture is used for their homes and mosques.  Poetry and music are important parts…

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Swahili Traditional Clothing and Today’s Clothing

The traditional clothing for a Swahili man is a long robe and a small, rounded hat with embroidery or bright colors.  Women dress in long dresses, skirts or draped cloth and have their head covered with a cloth or fabric.  Many of the clothing colors are bright and striped. When not wearing traditional…

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About Swahili Culture

Language and Geography The Swahili language or Kiswahili is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic groups who live along the large stretches of the Mozambique Channel coastline from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique.  Closely related languages and dialects are spoken in the Comoros Islands and Somalia.  The language was first written with…

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Swahili Famous Places and Fun Facts for Kids

MARRIAGE The parents of a Swahili girl are responsible for choosing a husband for her. The wedding ritual lasts for a few days. GHOSTS AND SPIRITS The Swahili believe in ghosts and spirits and they referred to them as djinni.They believe that these djinnis normallytake the form of black cats and it is impossible to distinguish…

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Swahili Communication, Etiquette, and Religion

VERBAL AND NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION The Swahili have different ways of communication. They may communicate through traditional music commonly known as taarab and chakacha. There is also the leso and khanga (a light material made of cotton) which are embroidered with loving messages like nakupenda mwanagu (I love you my child), usinionee kijicho (do not be jealous of my success) and so on. Lessos and khangas are given as…

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