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Population, Way of Life

poetry recitation, mancala, Rwandans, Protein deficiency, parenthood

Most Rwandans live in round grass huts in farms scattered over the country’s many hills. Family life is central to society. Traditionally, the principal goal in life was parenthood. Women generally dress in brightly colored wraps, men in white. However, many have adopted Western clothes. The Rwandan diet consists mainly of sweet potatoes and beans, with bananas, corn, peas, millet, and fruits added in season. Beer and milk are important beverages. Protein deficiency is a serious problem. Cattle are herded as signs of wealth and status rather than for their value as food. Most Rwandans consume meat only about once or twice a month. Fish is eaten by those living near lakes. Pastimes include poetry recitation, storytelling, and mancala, a board game common throughout Africa. Soccer is also popular.

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poetry recitation, mancala, Rwandans, Protein deficiency, parenthood, sweet potatoes, bananas, Pastimes, millet, peas, Family life, beans, corn, storytelling, fruits, farms, milk, Beer, society, Africa, status, value, serious problem


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