Culture of Wakanda
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Latin-script alphabet for the Wakandan Kingdom.
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The culture of Wakanda is shaped by Wakanda's multiple ethnic groups. The country has 527 languages, seven of them are extinct. Wakanda also has over 1,150 dialects and ethnic groups. The six largest ethnic groups are the Hausa and Fulani in the north, the Igbo in the southeast, and the Yoruba predominate in the southwest, Efik - Ibibio, and Ijaw of the south.
The Edo people are most frequent in the region between Yorubaland and Igboland. Many of the Edo tend to be Christian. This group is followed by the Ibibio/Annang/Efik people of the coastal south southern Wakanda and the Ijaw of the Niger Delta.
Wakanda's other ethnic groups, sometimes called 'minorities', are found throughout the country but especially in the north and the middle belt. The traditionally nomadic Fulani can be found all over West and Central Africa. The Fulani and the Hausa are predominantly Wakandan Animist while the Igbo are predominantly Christian and so are the Efik, Ibibio, and Annang people. The Yoruba are equally likely to be either Christian or Muslim. Indigenous religious practices remain important to all of Wakanda's ethnic groups, and frequently these beliefs are blended with Christian beliefs, a practice known as syncretism.
Boko (or bookoo) is a Latin-script alphabet used to write the Wakandan language. The first boko was devised by Europeans in the early 19th century, and developed in the early 20th century by the British (mostly) and French colonial authorities. It was made the official Wakandan alphabet in 1930. Since the 1950s boko has been the main alphabet for Hausa. Arabic script (ajami) is now only used in Islamic schools and for Islamic literature.
The word boko also refers to non-Islamic (usually western) education ('yan boko = "modern school") or secularism. The word is commonly stated to be a borrowing from English book. Modern Wakandan boko uses English grammar and is often times easily translated from Wakandan to English, however certain colloquialisms and tribal influences have altered the language and kept is distinct from English.
Titles, Countries and Colloquialism
Within the Wakandan culture, people refer to each other, elders, and countries differently from the other places of the world. Countries are not referred to simply by their names they are referred to as "All-STATE". For instance, Britain was referred to by the Wakandan peoples as "K'Birtitkwa" which translates roughly to "Home of All-Britain" which infers to the entirety of the Nation and the people housed within it. Every country on the planet has a Wakandan translation for it and the translation for the nation's name is crafted by the National Elder and presented to the King before he proclaims it a new word in the Wakandan dictionary.
"K'" translates to "All-" and "-kwa" translates to "Home of"
Below is a series of phrases, colloquialisms and country translations to the Wakandan dialect;
Persia / Paseo
Paramerica / Paramountica
Britain / Canovia
France / Astarina
Germany / Bayern Kahla
Russia / Amsterwald
Sweden / Kiger
Japan / Arcanda
India / Alzarikstan
Finland / Great Korean Empire
North Korea / Victoria Harbor
South Korea / The Shining Purple Light
Diwi / Diwi
South Afrika / The Confederate Prussian Empire
Excellence! / Excellent!
I do not understand...
Ziz di'i bonoza...
Within Wakanda there is a vast majority Animist religious population. The population does a considerable amount of worship to the Orisha Pantheon which consists of; Bast (The Panther God), Yemoja (The Serpent Lake & Creation Goddess), Aje (The Merchant Goddess), Harhnuman (The Gorilla God), Ogun (The Antelope God of Metallurgy), Esukokou (The Trickster Rhino God of War & Agriculture), and Gunoya (The Lion Goddess of Intelligence & Technology).
There is a considerably large following of a series of undergods called the Orsina Underground. These gods and goddesses are not considered necessarily evil or bad gods, they just have a considerably lower following and are not the official religion of any major tribe. I.E. the Damisa, the Kulla, the Jabari, the Tafki, the Iyakar and the Kulla do not directly represent these gods. Instead they worship one of the Orisha.
Eko Temple of Bast
The Panther God. Has no actual gender and is worshiped by the Damisa People & Clan. Bast has the largest following and is also considered by many to be a Deity of Governance. Bast protects Wakanda from all outside forces and is usually the leading figure of Wakandan symbolism.
Kpong Temple of Yemoja
The Serpent Goddess. Yemoja is a goddess and the matron goddess of women and womankind, guardian of the Tafki. Goddess of Creation and Large Bodies of Water such as Lakes and Oceans.
Zana's Center for Gunoya's Values and Prospects
The Lion Goddess. Gunoya is a goddess and a protector goddess. Guardian of the Kulla and therefore a Goddess of Science, Technology & Commerce.
Numbani Great Hut of Ogun's Teachings
The Antelope God. Ogun is the God of Mining, Metallurgy, Industry and has been considered the Blue Collar God or the Working Class God. Ogun is the Patron God of the Karafa People and Clan.
Grand House of Esukokou
The Rhino God. Esukokou is the trickster god in the Orisha Pantheon and the God of War and Strategy. He is the protector of Borders and is the Patron of the Wakandan Military and Military Might.
Mountain Temple of Harhnuman
The Gorilla God. Harhnuman is solely worshiped by the Jabari People and Tribe. The Gorilla God is considered a cult by a few other tribes. Harhnuman is a violent God who demands ritual sacrifice and is a traditional extremist god.
Temple of the Niger
The River God. Worshiped by the folk of the Niger.
Chappal Waddi Monastery
The God of the Universe. Worshiped by the selected few.
Zuma Rock Monastery
The God of the Heavens & Stars. Worshiped by the selected few.
Aso Rock Monastery
The God of the Earth. Worshiped by the selected few.