10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Shona People

Written by Keren Mikva


Totems constitute an important cultural distinction within Shona groups

When a member of a totem dies, somebody from the same totem must initiate burial proceedings, along with other traditional ceremonies. Just to demonstrate the importance of the totem in Shona culture, Shona chiefs must be able to recite the history of their totem all the way from its initial founder before they can be sworn in as chiefs.