Local traditions and culture in Zambia

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    Tazara - Hecho en China - Made in China

    by elpariente Written Nov 16, 2010

    La historia del tren ya la conocemos , pero aún quedan todos los testigos de que el tren y toda la línea fueron hechos en China y por Chinos
    Los vagones recuerdan las "softbeds" y los vagones Chinos , en todas partes todavía están los letreros en Chino y en todas las tarviesas de la línes se pueden ver las inscripciones en Chino
    The history of the train is well known , but there are many witnesses that the train and the whole line were made in China and by Chinese
    Wagons remember the "softbeds" and the Chinese trains , everywhere are still signs in Chinese and in every line sleepers you can see the inscriptions in Chinese

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    Tazara - Chatarra - Scrap

    by elpariente Written Nov 16, 2010

    Hay muchos vagones viejos que tienen que ser retirados para chatarra y han inventado este sistema para sacarlos de las vias del tren y después hacerlos chatarra

    Ther are many old wagons that must be retired for scrap and they have invented this system to take them out the railways line and later to make them scrap

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    THE FLAG OF ZAMBIA

    by DAO Updated Jul 28, 2008

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    National Flags don’t get more distinctive than this. The Zambian flag has a lot of colour and a large eagle in the bottom right hand side. The Green colour represents agriculture, Red represents the struggle for independence, Black stands for the Zambian people and Orange symbolizes Zambia's mineral wealth (particularly copper). The eagle is to symbolize the Zambian people's ability to rise above the nation's problems. It was adopted on 24 October 1964 on the day of Independence.

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    Show respect

    by Acirfa Written Jan 17, 2008

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    Conservative casual wear is the norm everywhere. Revealing clothes should be avoided since they may cause offence.
    Do not take photo's of people without asking permission first.
    No photography in airports.
    Be aware of the amount of water

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    Eating with hands

    by tpk2 Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    Zambians traditionally use hands when eating nshima. Nsima is steamed cornmeal and is typically eaten several times a week (many eat it every day, in fact).

    This is how it's done:
    First wash your hands in a dish of clean water that is offered to you. The order of washing hands is: the guests, elders, older adults, younger people and children.

    Next, take a pile of nsima into your hand. Place it on you palm and roll a ball by using just one hand. When the ball is done, dip it to the sauce or whatever is offered with nshima and voila!

    I have to admit that I was a bit suspicious at first, but once you get used to the idea, it's fun ;)

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    Keen Students!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Feb 18, 2003

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    The people of Zambia were very friendly where ever I went. My students were also a very cooperative bunch - when you get this far in the Zambian education system you really mean business! Photo of one of my student classes at ZIT.

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  • You're on a dirt road heading...

    by JohnMG Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You're on a dirt road heading for a weekend camping and fishing in the bush. You stop at a village bar for a beer, or because of a puncture!. A man approaches you. He has in his hand what appears to be breadsticks. He engages you in a friendly conversation, because you are a stranger to the area and he is interersted to know more / curiousity. The conversation is going ok, you're relaxed, enjoying the interaction. He's snapping off these 'breadsticks' There's good music coming from the bar. People are dancing ( at 12.00 pm !) - they're really good dancers - moving like rubber. Eventually curiosity gets the better of you. You ask, what are you eating? He replies - chongololos. That's six-inch sun-dried millipedes to you and me. Time for a dance? [ More on the fishing, and hippos, later ]

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  • If you're going to Zambia for...

    by JohnMG Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you're going to Zambia for a vacation or culteral visit, you are obviously interested interested in people, cultures, their way of life, etc. As i always find wherever i travel, if you take the time to engage people in conversation at their pace, you will be rewarded with courtesyand friendship. But you have to slow down, to perhaps 10% of the pace you'd be used to in EWurpe/USA.. This is part of the experience. I left Luanshya in 1981, and have happy memories.

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    DONT THROW THE CHAMELEONS ON...

    by AL3XKMFDM Written Aug 25, 2002

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    DONT THROW THE CHAMELEONS ON THE NATIVES!!!!
    If you do, they will not be very pleased with you! If a female touches a Chameleon, she will believe she has become BAREN and will not be able to have children (its part of thier religion).
    The men are not fond of them either, they will usually kill these beautiful creatures ASAP if they see them.

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    ZAMBIA IS A POOR COUNTRY, AND...

    by marko727 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    ZAMBIA IS A POOR COUNTRY, AND THIS WAS THE MESSAGE MY TAXI DRIVER WAS TRYING TO CONVEY. HE INSISTED ON TAKING ME TO A 'COMPOUND', TO SEE FIRST HAND HOW THE AVERAGE ZAMBIAN EEKS OUT AN EXISTENCE.

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    Things can be basic!

    by TracyG Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I think the most common mistake that is made by people - myself included - is that we do forget that Zambia is still a very developing country, and once you are passed Vic Falls it can become fairly basic, even in Lusaka. So take the people as they come and you will have an amazing experience.

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            Respect is the...

    by robmcmumbi Written Aug 24, 2002

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            Respect is the cardinal rule in all of Zambia, and much of sub-Saharan Africa. Something I find to be sorely lacking in we Americans, I'm afraid. Bygones. So be respectful first and foremost. You must be firm often, because you will be approached for money or other items, but say no firmly, and with respect, and you will be fine.

            I have family born and raised in Lusaka whom I trust without reservation. If you need a connection in Lusaka, email me at robmcmumbi.

            Better yet, call or email my brother-in-law, Mwelwa Mumbi.


    Phone
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    +260 1 242791
    mwelwamumbi@yahoo.com


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    DOES THIS SIGN MEAN THAT WOMEN...

    by marko727 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    DOES THIS SIGN MEAN THAT WOMEN STILL DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN ZAMBIA?

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