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Peace Corps Mozambique Welcome Book - March 2013, June 2013

Peace Corps Mozambique Welcome Book - March 2013, June 2013

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There are 11 main population groups, ranging from Tsonga in the south to Swahili in the north. There are 17
linguistic groups, ranging from Zulu to Kiswahili. Researchers suggest that there are two lineage systems that
reflect Mozambican values: the matriarchal societies found north of the Zambezi River and the patriarchal
societies found to the south. Yet, despite the vast cultural and linguistic differences in Mozambique, its people
have several common features.

PEACE CORPS | MOZAMBIQUE WELCOME BOOK | MARCH 2013, JUNE 2013 CCD

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In Mozambican communities, traditional local officials and elders have an important influence on relationships
in the community and often act as counselors or mediators. Position and hierarchy are important features of
relationships within a community. For example, in a meeting, the position of the most important leader is
always the center chair along a table; people do not start eating until the elders have begun; people tend not to
disagree with leaders in public. In other nonverbal signs of respect in many locations, community members
walk behind a leader, lower their eyes when the leader addresses them, and often shake hands of their leaders
holding the right arm with the left hand.

Mozambican people are generally sociable and enjoy making friends with people of other cultures. Friendship
is taken seriously, sometimes implying obligation at first, yet often becoming familiar and less formal. It is not
uncommon for Mozambicans to invite Volunteers to their homes for a meal. As the Mozambican saying goes,
if invited you should be prepared to take along your mouth, stomach, and good mood.

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