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The cycle of traditional life is driven by the seasons and the advent of the annual rains – as crops and food supply are dependent upon rainfall. It is therefore not surprising that rain is central to the traditions of all agriculturalists. In Setswana the word for rain is pula, and all public speeches end with that word called out as an exclamation: “Pula!

The need for recognition is paramount among Batswana. It is an indispensable piece of knowledge to know that recognition is earnestly sought and, when supplied, wins smiles and greater cooperation and effort. Anything from a simple greeting through to thanks, a compliment, acknowledgement of achievement and so on. To ignore even a greeting is considered rude and offensive.

Culture Smart! Botswana is a concise guide to understanding the Batswana people and illuminating the complexities of their national identity. Familiarise yourself with their customs, traditions and culture and experience Botswana authentically.

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