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The Culture, Traditions, and Heritage of South Africa

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As of the bequest of social policy segregation, some cultural differences represent nearly the multiracial groups determined by Whites, Blacks, Mixed-race (Coloured) and Asians. This may change as absorption passes on. The state’s black majority however, has a significant number of rural dwellers. Still, blacks are progressively urbanized and westernized, and normally speak Afrikaans or English. Some urban blacks speak various indigenous languages, with Zulu representing an Interlingua in the Johannesburg region. Most of them are Christian, with affiliation to the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches making up strong as is membership of the preponderantly black Zion Christian Church, while some still adopt traditional beliefs, more often conferring with sangoma.

The white nonage conducts lifestyles similar to whites based in Europe, Australasia and North America. Religious opinions are also strong, with almost Afrikaners binding to the Dutch Reformed Church. Most of them are either Roman Catholic or Anglican. Asian people (preponderantly Indian lineage) uphold their own cultural inheritance, languages and religious beliefs, representing either Muslim or Hindu. They were also classified as mixed-race throughout Apartheid and smaller Japanese and Chinese populations live in South Africa as well.

Some of the most popular foods in the country are braai or barbecue, boerewors or spicy sausages, and mielies (maize) or Mielie-meal. Favorite South African desserts include melktert (milk tart), custard melkkos (sago pudding) and Klappertert (coconut pie). Soccer is the most popular sport particularly to the black South African men. The popular sport among the Springboks and the Afrikaners is Rugby union. Cricket is the popular among English-speaking whites. Graphic artists with rural ethnic music settings have built the transition to the modern-day art world, such as famous painter Helen Sibidi, who came up with a ready international market. Ladysmith Black Mambazo and African Jazz Pioneers are the music groups who have established global popularity. Dave Matthews and Manfred Mann are the source of the white rock artists of South Africa.

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