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Great Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe (1220 - 1450

Maps of Great Zimbabwe and it's trade routes

Religion-Monotheistic, believing in a variety of gods- One was the supreme creator, Mwari- Mwari controlled rain, agricultural fertility, illness etc.- Ideas on religion spread along the Limpopo river to various communities

ExportsMainly exported:- Slaves- Ivory- Gold

Imports+Stoneware, pottery & glazed dishes (from China)+Colored glass (from Near East)+Painted bowls (from Persia)+Glass beads (from India)

Daily Life- Spoke the Shona language- Had a agricultural lifestyle- Tribalistic life- Wore thin weavings of animal skins (hot climate)- Lived in circular clay huts about 3 meters in diameter

Transport- Utilized the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers- Utilized boats/ships - Also relied on horses & carts- Mainly traveled by foot

Bibliography:- "More about These Ancient Zimbabwe Ruins." Ancient Zimbabwe. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2014. - "Great Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)." Archaeology. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2014. - Hopkins, Rupert. "Great Zimbabwe." Great Zimbabwe. Rupert Hopkins, n.d. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. - The Wealth of Africa: Great Zimbabwe. N.p.: n.p., n.d. The British Museum. Web. 9 Mar. 2014.

Political Structure- Controlled by larger empire rather than self governed villages- United under 1 central ruler- Ruler of Great Zimbabwe considered most powerful of all other monarchs (king of kings)- Rulers were considered divine and associated with god

Social Structure- Wealth and status = how much livestock one owned- Large number of labourers were women- Social structure relied on the hill Zimbabwe was established on- On the hill = elite group of society- In the valley = dense pop. of lower group of society


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