A mug with South African tribal colors. Whether you're drinking your morning coffee, evening tea, or something in between – this mug's for you! Let it teach you about the Ndebele people who used these colors and symbols to communicate with each other undetected during the wars waged on their land.
It's sturdy and glossy with a vivid print that'll withstand the microwave and dishwasher.
Use of Mug
• Dishwasher and microwave safe
• White and glossy
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Cultural Facts: Ndebele Artwork
The Ndebele tribe originally in the early 18th century lived in grass huts. They began using mud-walled houses in the mid-18th century when these symbols begin to be created on their houses and walls. These expressive symbols were used for communication between sub-groups of the Ndebele people. They stood for their continuity and cultural resistance to their circumstances. The Boer farmers did not understand the meaning and viewed it as cultural art that was not harmful, so it was allowed to continue. These wall paintings done by the women was their secret code to their people, disguised to anyone but the Ndebele.
The vibrant symbols and expressions portray communications of personal prayers, self-identification, values, emotions, and marriage. Sometimes the male initiation, known as the wela, was a reason for repainting, but the ritual was not expressed.