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Zimbabwe

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in the southern part of Africa, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. The country consists of several ethnicities, the largest of which is Shona. Three languages hold official status: English, Shona, and Ndebele.

The traditional religion indigenous to Zimbabwe is a monotheistic faith that believes in one supreme creator, called Mwari by the Shona and Mulimu by the Ndebele. Prayers are channeled to the creator through family ancestors, sometimes with the help of a spirit medium. Early contact with European religion came when the Jesuit priest Goncalo de Silveria reached the Munhumutapa capital in 1560. However, the first permanent missions were not established until 1859 by the London Missionary Society. Some of the early Christian missionaries ...

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