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They live in harmony with nature

27 Oct 2019 at 20:27hrs | Views
Customs and traditions are still held dear, regarded with great reverence and deep respect in most parts of Mash. Central especially Mbire, Lower Guruve and Chiweshe. Curtseying by women when greeting elders and in-laws is still practiced and that part of everyday life.

Body incisions, decos and anatomical 'value additions' are taught from generation to generation to prepare the girl child for marriage. One day of the week is a day of rest. Chosen by the elders and 'sanctified' by same in agreement with the spirit mediums of the area.

Folklore has it of people who were struck down by lightening after disobeying the 'no work' rule. Some had their crop ravaged by baboons or tobacco ruined by frost or hailstones.

When rains become erratic, elders prepare and hold ceremonies where local brew traditional beer is served freely and copiously whilst asking the Heavens to open up and soak the land.

Ruya Dam is infested with visible crocs but not a single soul has been lost to the reptiles despite daily fishing expeditions. Word in hushed tones has it that elders of the area asked the Creator to cast a blanket protection for the locals so they can catch fish unhindered.

Believe it or not, people live in harmony with nature. Even snake bites are very rare. Devolution for development.

Thomas Tondo Murisa. Mash. Central.


Source - Thomas Tondo Murisa
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