Author: Baynham Goredema

Great Zimbabwe: Of Design and Patterns

Chevron Pattern at Great Zimbabwe ©Baynham Goredema Well known as the default Zimbabwe pattern, when ever you are asked to put an ethnic/African touch to a design the Chevron pattern will most likely come up in the conversation. It was a dedication to the Kings wives who stayed at the great enclosure It represented fertility in women. A detail of the Chevron Pattern Only one of the Great Zimbabwe birds, which was found at the Great Enclosure, had the Chevron Pattern. Fertility was a status symbol, having a number of children was prestigious. East facing Wall of the Great...

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The Great Zimbabwe Museum

When you visit Great Zimbabwe make sure you go through the museum. There is a guided tour which can only accommodate a certain number of people at a time. The guide we had was very knowledgeable and friendly. The museum consists of various recreations of daily life at Great Zimbabwe, artifacts, and models of the whole complex – the hill, the valley and the Great Enclosure. Replica Zimbabwe Birds The Main attractions without doubt are the original soapstone birds of which there are eight found at various locations. Replicas of the birds can also be bought from the village...

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The Power of One

One Adversary 1 Peter 5 vs 8-9 Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, whom withstand steadfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world. One Baptism Ephesians 4 vs 5 Beloved, while I was giving all diligence to write unto you of our common salvation, I was constrained to write unto you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints. One Book Revelation 22 vs 18-19 I...

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Indigenous Fruits of Zimbabwe

A few years ago I was in Watsomba and came across so many indigenous wild fruits and it took me back to the days when we were growing up and all these fruits were in abundance and you didn’t have to buy them. I took as many of the fruits as possible and also added a few more which I got over the past two years. I have tried to get the fruits straight from the tree so they are as fresh as possible. The use of indigenous has been used loosely to refer to fruits that are found...

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Mugged in Johannesburg, again!

Just after arriving in Johannesburg I had my third encounter with crime in the City of Gold. All three had been muggings in central Johannesburg, fortunately none have been violent. While talking to the lady next me she told me she was going to Lesotho but had no idea where to board the taxis as there were no buses to Lesotho. So I promised I would escort her to her taxis. As we went through park station I realised that she was carrying a purse slung over her shoulder. Knowing that we would be heading to downtown Johannesburg I...

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