A Gator in Dar Es Salaam

"Ex Africa semper aliquid novi - Out of Africa always something new" -Pliny the Elder

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tuesday

Tuesday

Congratulations to Mr. President Todd Stacy, the people have voted and for whatever reason, they have chosen you to be their leader...haha, way to go, 3 years in a row, just 1 more for the 4 year sweep.

Caught up on sleep last night. Today we have a lecture on Tanzanian politics, should be pretty interesting. In Swahili class today we learned about Shingazis…rated PG-13.

Your Shingazi is your Father’s Sister. (There is different names in many African cultures that delineate between your Father’s brothers and sisters and your mothers. Our teacher Mutembei explained this with us, not as common today but a fellow student/teacher from Dar named Elisabeth who also went to Zanzibar with us explained this would be apart of her wedding night.

After the wedding when the bride and groom return to their room, the husband’s Shingazi(fathers sister) goes in to the bedroom with them in order to cheer them on, and make sure everything goes smoothly, when she leaves the room all of the family members are waiting and they can tell by her facial expression if things were good or not. We all died upon hearing this, but apparently still a large part of Tanzanian culture.

So that’s a little bit different cultural tradition that I learned about today. Also yesterday on the barge back, they showed Toni Braxton music videos and an awful Sharon Stone movie called Gloria or something, that I cant believe was actually an American movie. I also found out I will be staying in the same dorm building, Hall IV block D when the semester starts and will be moving in to that room sometime early next week, with my Tanzanian roommate.

Baadaye.