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Makonde

 

a people living mainly in southern Tanzania, between the Lukuledi and Ruvuma rivers, and partly in northeastern Mozambique. Numbering more than 700,000 (1970, estimate), the Makonde speak a language belonging to the eastern group of the Bantu language family. The majority are Muslims. Swahili and Arabic influence is discernible in their culture. The chief occupation is farming, although many Makonde are seasonal workers on sisal plantations and in the cities.

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In the Makonde language of East Africa, where the virus was first identified in 1952, chikungunya means "to walk bent over" or "to become contorted," a reference to the stooped posture of many sufferers.
said carvings made by the Makonde tribe in her country attracted many visitors.
In the Makonde dialect of the West African Swahili language, "chikungunya" means, "he who walks all bent up," referring to the severe joint pain suffered by those who suffer from the virus of the same name.
The technology could help revive the production of carvings by the Akamba (Kenya) and Makonde (Mozambique) peoples.
In his 2012 exhibition at Wallspace, a petite Lucio Fontana edition, a resplendent twentieth-century Makonde helmet mask, and a 1960s Joe Colombo-designed pipe all interacted under layers of oil paint to form a somber scenario that had the unexpected impact of a gut punch.
The virus is not usually fatal but extremely painful; it arose in Africa in the 1950s, the name “Chikungunya” comes from the Makonde language meaning 'bent out of shape” describing the contortion brought on by the pain of the virus.
Zeferino Chicuamba (Zeferino), bases his creation of pots and pans with individual expressions on traditional Makonde masking traditions.
This study, using a case of Makonde in Zimbabwe, has shown that, though an abundant amount of climatic information is being captured at the local meteorological station, this information is not effectively accessible for local farmers.
In the carvings of the Makonde peoples, a Madonna is given a demon to hold instead of the Christ child; a priest is represented with the feet of a wild animal, a Pieta becomes a study not of sorrow but of revenge, with the mother raising a spear over the body of her dead son.
The word "chikungunya" comes from the Makonde language spoken in southeast Tanzania and means "the one who bends up and curls like a drying leaf.
Pioneers of African Renaissance believe that the beginning of their rebirth as a continent must be their own rediscovery of the African soul, captured, immortalized and made permanently available in the great works of creativity represented by the pyramids and sphinxes of Egypt, the stone buildings of Axum in Ethiopia and the ruins of Carthage in Zimbabwe, the rock paintings of the San in Botswana, the Benin bronzes from Nigeria and the African masks, the carvings of the Makonde and the stone sculptures of the Shona.
The name Chikungunya means 'that which bends up' in the Makonde language of Southern Africa.