10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Shona People

Written by Keren Mikva


Zimbabwe was named after the capital of the Rozwi Shona dynasty

The Rozwi Shona dynasty, which lasted from the 12th to 15th centuries, is responsible for the name of modern Zimbabwe. The Great Zimbabwe — the stone-built capital of the dynasty — derives its name from “dzimba dza mabwe,” or “great stone houses,” which later evolved into the word “Zimbabwe.”