BootsnAll's One-Stop Zamunda Travel Guide

Daily Life

Besides the obvious attractions, what can you do in Zamunda to learn about the culture? Because tourism is not a large part of the economy, there are not "instant cultural celebrations" like there are in Fiji (i.e. Kava ceremonies) or Hawaii (i.e. Pig roasting, grass-skirt dancing girls at luaus). This allows travelers to have a more personal, and authentic, experience. Most travelers have the opportunity to enjoy a homestay during their time there. Offers of accommodation are common once you meet a Zamundan at the market, or employ one as your guide. Although it is not expected, doing work for the family or presenting them with a gift is appreciated. Outside of the capital, Tattoine, and a few larger towns, capitalistic commerce is not common. The large cities have a few restaurants, offering only authentic Zaumundan cuisine (the diet relies heavily on fresh seafood and tropical produce) and there is a bank in Tattoine. A few wealthy Africans have established homes on the island, and there has been a recent push for tourism since the country was opened to the western world in 1998.

Because of the lack of capitalistic commerce, most Zamundans rely on subsistence living and bartering. Most families fish daily, or rely on another family to fish for them, while they work the small fields and pick fresh fruit. Snake meat is a delicacy and must be prepared correctly, due to its poisonous nature. Because of this, only a few people in each city, town or village can prepare the snake. This is often done in exchange for bartered food or homemade clothing. Snake-preparers (known as Rydmeens) pass on their skills from generation to generation, usually from father to son, although if the Rydmeen has no sons, a nephew or other close family relative is substituted.

Although medical care advanced due to the presence of the French, most people still rely on traditional herbal methods of care. Medicine men (and, less commonly, women) are trained from infancy to provide care for their village. Medicine men (called Duyucks) are never allowed to leave their city, town or village during their life for more than a day, in case of an emergency. It is a very honored position in Zamundan communities. However, because the Zamundans believe in personal mobility, medicinal skills are very rarely passed down along family lines. Instead, around the age of 18, a Duyuck will select a newborn to follow in his or her footsteps. That way the Duyuck's children can choose to leave the village if they so choose.

Posted by Court
Category: Culture

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