31 March 2011

Who's Your Grandfather?

You address your father's father as sekuru. You also address your mother's father as sekuru. So, your grandfather is sekuru. He addresses you as muzukuru, which must mean grandchild.

However, as is to be expected, there are some differences in Shona culture. Sons of your maternal grandfather, sekuru, are also addressed as sekuru and call you muzukuru. Sons of these sons of your maternal grandfather are also addressed as sekuru and also call you muzukuru.

So, you are not limited to two "grandfathers," vasekuru (plural of sekuru), in Shona culture. Also, it is very likely that you will have vasekuru younger than you are (sons of your mother's brothers).

1 comment:

Toyin O. said...

Very informative, thanks for sharing.