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Venda Language The Venda language, TshiVenda or LuVenda, is a Bantu language. It emerged as a distinct dialect in the 16th Century. In the 20th Century, the TshiVenda vocabulary was similar to SeSotho through association, but the grammar shares similarities with Shona dialects, which are spoken in Zimbabwe. Today about 875 000 people in South Africa speak Tshivenda. The Tshipani variety of Tshivenda is used as the standard. The majority of Venda speakers live in South Africa, where "Venda" is an official government language, but there are also speakers in Zimbabwe. Before South Africa became a democratic country, the Bantustan of Venda was set up to cover the Venda speakers of South Africa. Throughout this area, variants of Tshivenda are spoken. Tshivenda Variants Tshiilafuri = Western Venda with traces of Sotho Tshimanda = Central Venda, used by the Luonde and Lwamondo Venda proper = found in Tshivhase and Mphaphuli's areas. Tshimbedzi = Eastern Venda Tshilembethu = North Eastern Venda Extreme Eastern Venda = influenced by Karanga from Zimbabwe. Tshironga = Southern Venda South Eastern Venda = shows influence of Tonga and Sotho
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Venda villages,Homesteads
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1928 Boys Initiation   Vhahwira - Muwhira   The Thondo - Morundu Initiation School
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Mbila
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1949 Domba
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Phala-phala
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Venda drums
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Domba Dance
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Lungundo, "drum of the dead".
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1949 Domba initiation school.
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1949 Domba initiation school - Vha-Venda
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Domba Dance
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Domba Dance
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Domba Dance
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Domba Dance
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They lay down
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Venda girls; Vhusha, Tshikanda and the Domba.
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Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa was born in Xigalo village in 1938.
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Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa was born in Xigalo village in 1938.
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Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa was born in Xigalo village in 1938.
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Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa was born in Xigalo village in 1938.
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Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa was born in Xigalo village in 1938.
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Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa was born in Xigalo village in 1938.
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Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa was born in Xigalo village in 1938.
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Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa was born in Xigalo village in 1938.
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