African culture is varied and manifold, consisting of a mixture of countries with different tribes that each have their own unique characteristic from the continent of Africa. African culture is expressed through arts and crafts, folklore and religion, clothing, food, music and languages.
In African culture, the “self” is not separate from the world, it is united and intermingled with the natural and social environment. It is through relations with one’s community and surroundings that an individual becomes a person of violition, whose actions and decisions affect the entire group rather than just oneself.
The rich and diverse African culture varies not only from one country to another, but within each country as well. The culture of each ethnic group centers on family and can be found in each group’s art, music and oral literature. Throughout Africa, the people speak a variety of languages, practice numerous religions and reside in various types of dwellings.Ethnic groups and African tribes have customs that are unique to their culture. The customs and traditions of each group have been woven into a tapestry as colorful and diverse as the people of Africa themselves.
Some Interesting African Cultures
- Men from the Latuka tribe in Sudan still practice the tradition of kidnapping a woman that they want to marry. After a Latuka man has taken his bride-to-be, he goes back to the father of the woman to ask for his blessing.
- To protect their skin from the sun, the Himba people of northern Namibia cover themselves with a mixture of red soil and milk fat, and so they appear to have reddish skin. The otjize mixture is considered to be a beauty cosmetic. They also use wood ash for cleansing the hair because water is scarce.
- The Algerian men of the Ahaggaren Tuareg group wear a veil almost all the time, occasionally taking them off when in a family group or while they travel.