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South Africa - Traditions and Daily Life
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman

1     South Africa is a unique and interesting place with lots of different kinds of traditions and culture. Inhabited both by native Africans and Europeans, South Africa's history includes lots of struggles between the ways of life for Europeans and the natives. Even though natives make up the majority of the country's population, much native culture has been lost or diminished in modern history--but some stronger native tribes have adapted their traditions to meet changing times.
2     Examples of South Africa's historical culture can be found in the cave paintings of prehistoric people in South Africa. The paintings there are considered to be some of the greatest examples of prehistoric art in the world! But the culture of the native people wasn't limited to just cave paintings. Singing, dancing and beautiful dress have been common parts of native South African life.
3     The Zulu tribe, a very strong tribe whose traditions have survived to modern day, is known for beautiful and colorful beadwork. Every color of bead has a different meaning and a Zulu woman can tell a story just by using different color beads in her work! The Xhosa tribe has been called the "red people" because of the red-dyed clothing many of its adults wear.

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