Hidden facts about Rwanda Culture

Hidden facts about Rwanda Culture

November 11, 2014
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Hidden facts about Rwanda CultureThree different languages are used in Rwanda that is Kinyarwanda, English, French (all official) and Swahili is also used mostly in trade; However Kinyarwanda is regarded as the most official language widely spoken whole over the country. Rwanda is regarded as the most densely populated country not only in the east and central Africa but also on the African mainland and one of the world’s poorest countries. The enormous majority of people follow a Christian brief and a few percent are Muslims. Rwanda has three groups of people including the Hutu, Tutsi, and the Twa with The Hutu being the largest group which dominates other groups with a population of over 85%. The Tutsi follow with a population of about 15% and the Twa with the lowest population of just about 1%. Please avoid asking your visitor which ethnic group they belong to due to past history where the Hutu fought the Tutsi and in such a war over 800,000 where killed and other fled to neighboring countries such as Burundi. Very many traditional songs are enjoyable by very many people in Rwanda amidst modern music and church/gospel hymns which are popular in the country today. One of the oldest Rwandan music and dance groups is the Intore Dance Troupe. The Intore literally meaning ‘the Chosen Ones’ – were founded several centuries ago, when they performed at the court of the Rwandan mwami or king and Today, they are performed across the country and also at the National Museum in Huye(Butare). Over 90% of people work in subsistence agriculture and live in rural areas. Living conditions vary hugely between social classes and urban and rural settings. The majority of Rwandans don’t have indoor plumbing, electricity or running water. Rwanda and Burundi share a very similar culture Hutu and Tutsi are also many in Burundi and were administrated as a single entity known as Ruanda-Urundi until their independence in 1962.

Digit Dian fosse’s favorite gorilla

Dian Fossey was an Americana zoologist and, primatologist, best known for researching the endangered gorillas of the Rwandan mountain for a period of over 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda. She become interested in primates during a trip to Africa in 1963, she conducted her research at karisoke research center. However her work was put to an end when she was murdered in 1985 by the said poachers whom she had made her self unpopular as she was against their inhuman activities of killing gorillas. Dian was buried next to Digit in the gorilla cemetery. This grate woman was born on January 16, 1932, in San Francisco, California, she made Rwanda very popular because of her works and Rwanda is now famously known for gorilla tracking and the best gorilla safari destination in the world. The work of Dian Fossey has raised the awareness of the danger mountain gorilla’s face. Because of her work we also know much more about the connection between gorillas and humans, and the lives of gorillas and their day-to-day interactions

In the year 1977, Dian became much attached when her favorite gorilla, Digit, was killed by poachers. This is the gorilla that she had watched growing they where very close friends. After a few years into their relationship, Dian found Digit killed by poachers some thing which annoyed her to the maximum. Poachers would use the heads, hand, and feet of the gorillas to make money. Following this killing she was forced to start a campaign against gorilla poaching. When the world hard that she had set up a foundation which was against primate conservation she stared receiving donations from readers on the National Geographic, where an article on Dian’s work was published. With this money, she established the Digit Fund and dedicated her life to saving gorillas. The deaths of some of her most studied gorillas caused Fossey to devote more of her attention to preventing poaching and less on scientific publishing and research