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I gained a personal interest in the Shambaa Tribe when one if its members Mufika Badu came and spoke to our high school peer-group I learned a lot of very interesting things about the people of the Shambaa tribe and the different aspects of their culture and how they differ from the every day culture that I am exposed to The Shambaa also referred to as the Shambala are a Bantu people found mainly on the West Usambara mountain range in Tanzania Their language is Shambala The homeland of the Shambaa is called Shambaai Kings and queens rule the Shambaa people The Shambaa kingdom is made up of several descant groups with a common origin but a single descent group governs the kingdom The survival of the whole descent and its steady increase in size is crucial because the Shambaa people take great pride in the culture and they dont wont their clan to die out The king rules over several chiefdoms The chiefs were appointed by he king and received tribute from their chiefdoms as representatives of the king All the wealth of the land is regarded as the kings This gives him control of his subjects and the right to demand tribute from them The king in return is expected to bring rain and food to his territory Maulid is a popular holiday celebrated by the Shambaa people in which the people gather with family members and give thanks to the king in hope that he will bring good fortune to their family in the upcoming year Life In The Shambaa Nation Peasants and slaves are the kings subjects Peasants live in village groups under a patriarchal system Badu described the life of a peasant as being very difficult with work days lasting from sun up until sunset laboring in the scorching heat with only a few breaks Mufika Buda The peasants are free to go about their daily work on
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