Litema: a wall art

Litema: a wall art

Litema: a wall art practiced by Sotho women
The intertwining of geometrical figures
Renewed over the seasons

An art that would have inspired the creation of a writing
Says Ditema tsa dinoko, or "the ditema syllabary" (in sesotho)
Or Isibheqe Sohlamvu in isiZulu
A pure wonder of colors, shapes, and creativeness ...
Intended to be transcribe to Bantu languages of the south…
Besides Sesotho and isiZulu,
Tswana, a language spoken in particular in Botswana or in South Africa, in Namibia,
But also in Swati, the national language of Eswatini,
Or Lozi, a language spoken in Zambia…

Peace is ukuthula in isiZulu
And kgotso (khotso) in Sesotho…


Litema : un art mural pratiqué par les femmes Sotho
Entrelacs de figures géométriques
Renouvelées au fil des saisons

Un art qui aurait inspiré la création d’une écriture
Dite Ditema tsa dinoko, soit « le syllabaire ditema » (en sesotho)
Ou encore Isibheqe Sohlamvu en isiZulu
Une pure merveille de couleurs, de formes, et d’inventivité…
Destinée à transcrire les langues bantoues du sud…
Outre le sesotho et l’isiZulu,
le tswana, langue parlée en particulier au Botswana ou encore en Afrique du sud, en Namibie,
Mais aussi le siSwati, langue nationale du Eswatini,
Ou encore le siLozi, langue pratiquée en Zambie…

La paix est ukuthula en isiZulu
Et kgotso (khotso) en sesotho…

Bemba lg

A Bantu language spoken by the Bemba people as well as related ethnic groups.

ISO 639-2 Code: bem

Family: Niger–Congo lgs / Atlantic–Congo lgs / Benue–Congo lgs / Bantu lgs

Venda lg

(or Tshivenda or Luvenḓa) A Bantu language and an official language of South Africa spoken by the Venda people.

ISO 639-2 Code: ven

Family: Niger–Congo lgs / Atlantic–Congo lgs / Benue–Congo lgs / Bantu lgs

Lozi lg

(or siLozi and Rozi) A Bantu language of the Niger–Congo language family spoken by the Lozi people, primarily in southwestern Zambia and in surrounding countries.

ISO 639-2 Code: loz

Family: Niger–Congo lgs / Atlantic–Congo lgs / Benue–Congo lgs / Bantu lgs

Zulu lg

(or isiZulu) A Southern Bantu language of the Nguni branch spoken in Southern Africa, the language of the Zulu people.

ISO 639-2 Code: zul

Family: Niger–Congo lgs / Atlantic–Congo lgs / Benue–Congo lgs / Bantu lgs
Earthenware pottery-making in Kgatleng

Earthenware pottery-making in Kgatleng

Earthenware pottery-making skills in Botswana’s Kgatleng District - Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity 2012 "... women potters use clay soil, weathered sandstone, iron oxide, cow dung, water, wood and grass to make pots of different forms, designs and styles"


Le savoir-faire de la poterie en terre cuite dans le district de Kgatleng au Botswana - Patrimoine culturel immatériel de l'humanité 2012 "... Les femmes qui font de la poterie utilisent de la terre glaise, du grès altéré, de l’oxyde de fer, de la bouse de vache, de l’eau, du bois et de l’herbe pour faire des pots de formes, motifs et styles divers."

Namibia

Namibia

Namibia is a country in Africa. Its capital is: Windhoek. Its official language is: English; Afrikaans; German Oshiwambo. Its currency is: Namibian Dollar.

Code: NA | NAM
FR: Namibie
DE: Namibia
IT: Namibia
ES: Namibia
ZH: 纳米比亚
PI: nàmǐbǐyǎ
JA: ナミビア
RO: Namibia
Capital: Windhoek
Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg

Jonathan Paul Clegg or Johnny Clegg (1953 –2019) - A South African musician and anthropologist. After the disbanding of Juluka, he founded a multi-racial band named Savuka in 1986. Sometimes called Le Zoulou Blanc ("The White Zulu"), he is famous for his resistance to apartheid.

Johnny Clegg (With Nelson Mandela) - Asimbonanga - 1999


Jonathan Paul Clegg ou Johnny Clegg (1953-2019) - Musicien et anthropologue sud-africain. Après la dissolution de son premier groupe Juluka, il fonde en 1986 un groupe multiracial nommé Savuka. Parfois appelé « Le Zoulou Blanc », il est connu pour sa résistance à l’apartheid.

Ndonga lg

(or Oshindonga) A Bantu language spoken in Namibia and parts of Angola.

ISO 639-2 Code: ndo

Family: Niger–Congo lgs / Atlantic–Congo lgs / Benue–Congo lgs / Bantu lgs

Khoisan lg

Name of an obsolete group of African languages originally classified together by Joseph Greenberg refering to languages that share a heavy use of click consonants and do not belong to other African language families. Now divided in three distinct language families and two language isolates.

ISO 639-2 Code: khi

Family: Khoisan lgs

Tswana lg

(or Setswana) A Bantu language spoken in Southern Africa, an official language and lingua franca of Botswana.

ISO 639-2 Code: tsn

Family: Niger–Congo lgs / Atlantic–Congo lgs / Benue–Congo lgs / Bantu lgs
South Africa

South Africa

South Africa is a country in Africa. Its capitals are: Pretoria; Cape Town; Bloemfontein. Its official languages are: Zulu; Xhosa; Afrikaans. Other languages include: Afrikaans; English; Southern Ndebele; Sotho; Northern Sotho; Swazi; Tsonga; Tswana; Venda; Xhosa; Zulu. Its currency is: Rand.

Code: ZA | ZAF
FR: Afrique du Sud
DE: Südafrika
IT: Sudafrica
ES: Sudáfrica
ZH: 南非
PI: nánfēi
JA: 南アフリカ
RO: Minamiafurika
Capital: Pretoria
litema

litema

Litema - A form of Sesotho mural art with geometric patterns, displayed on the outer walls as well as inside. It is common for the patterns to mimic ploughed fields by a combed texture. A writing system, Ditema syllabary, has been devised with a close reference to this art.


litema

Litema - Une forme d'art mural sesotho avec des motifs géométriques, s'affichant sur les murs extérieurs ou intérieurs. Il est courant que les modèles imitent les champs labourés par une texture peignée. Un système d'écriture, le syllabaire Ditema, a été conçu avec une référence étroite à cet art.

Any suggestion, improvement…? Many thanks and please, contact us…

Herero

Hereros are a Bantu population in Namibia and Botswana. They speak Herero, a Bantu language. Like the Nama, the Hereros were victims of massacres and deportations from 1904, the time of German colonization, following the partition of Africa at the Berlin Conference (1884-1885).

Herero lg

A Bantu language mainly spoken by the Herero and Mbanderu peoples in Namibia and Botswana.

ISO 639-2 Code: her

Family: Niger–Congo lgs / Atlantic–Congo lgs / Benue–Congo lgs / Bantu lgs

Xhosa lg

(or isiXhosa) A Nguni Bantu language with click consonants spoken in South Africa.

ISO 639-2 Code: xho

Family: Niger–Congo lgs / Atlantic–Congo lgs / Benue–Congo lgs / Bantu lgs

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Namibia is a country in southern Africa, whose name means “vast place” in Nama. (Nama lg)


La Namibie est un pays d'Afrique australe, dont le nom signifie «vaste lieu» à Nama.