Posts Tagged ‘Swaziland’

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Swaziland

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Swaziland Kids Edition Report

Swaziland Kids Edition Report

The new Swaziland report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Swaziland:

  • Swaziland is the smallest country in Africa and is almost completely surrounded by South Africa.
  • Swaziland is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies (government in which the king or queen has total power) in the world.
  • Swazi grooms often pay a lobola (bride-price) to their bride’s family when they marry. Traditionally, it was a certain number of cattle. But today, it is often money or other goods.
  • More than a third of the population is under the age of 15. The average age is 21, and the average life expectancy is 49.

Find out about the unique Reed Dance, read about the Incwala ceremony, and discover what life as a kid is like in Swaziland all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams: 174 New Videos!

We’ve recently added 174 new videos to the CultureGrams video collection! These unique videos, produced by CultureGrams editors from footage submitted from contributors around the world, highlight many aspects of daily life and culture for 16 countries.

Watch young dancers perform in Côte d’Ivoire . . .


vendors sell their goods at a floating market in Thailand . . .


men weave cloth in Guinea-Bissau . . .


and people celebrate New Year’s in Cambodia . . .

You can also visit the traditional Malian drummer Boubou in his mud  house, learn how to make Colombia’s national dish of sancocho, shop at a fish market in Sri Lanka, root for South African veterinarians as they try to guide a sedated rhino into a trailer, and much more.

Special thanks to our prolific contributor Salym Fayad for providing beautiful, culturally important footage for so many of these videos.

All 612 videos in the CultureGrams collection are available for streaming and download in QT/MP4 and WMV formats. Feel free to incorporate these videos into presentations or use them for other educational purposes. Or watch them just for the fun of it. After all, it doesn’t get much better than a Thai hotel clerk singing karaoke at his desk while being bathed in a light show of his own creation.