An anonymous grandmother’s voice note to her womanizing grandson Abhero was released to social media recently, causing a stir in Zimbabwe.
Many people were drawn to the voice note, now known as Mhoro Abhero (greetings Abhero or Abel), because of granny’s diction in advising Abhero against impregnating women recklessly.
fuseMag looked into why the granny would have spoken obscenities and discovered that her language was common in such situations.
It was a common practice in ancient Zimbabwe, a culture that is progressively fading as the use of filthy language, particularly in public, is considered taboo by newer generations.
It was a common practice in ancient Zimbabwe, a culture that is now eroding as new generations regard the use of filthy language, particularly in public, to be forbidden.
Mhoro Abhero isn’t the first time a granny’s audio or video of her screaming obscenities has gone viral on the internet. Another anonymous grandmother was caught on camera at a rain-making ceremony a year or so ago, speaking vulgarly.
Indeed, the use of profanity was popular for a variety of festivals and ceremonies, including Mukwerera, the Shona tradition of requesting rain.
Shadreck Chirikure, Robert T. Nyamushosho, Herbert Chimhundu, Collet Dandara, Hamutyinei H. Pamburai, and Munyaradzi Manyanga claimed that vulgar was used at Mukwerera in a 2017 study. Reads a section of the book:
Among the Manyika, several respondents mentioned elderly (menopausal) women and young (pre-adolescent) girls using sexual or filthy chants and erotic dances. This is done in the hopes of luring the mhondoro into releasing the rains. Among the most popular dances are hoso, which is especially popular among Kalanga, mafuwe (Korekore), and Ndau unique dances like muchongoyo, mbongo, or chinyambera.
The usage of obscenities among the Shona people was reserved for a select few, particularly the old, and was done in private.
(Mukwerera, the Shona practice of requesting rain in southern Africa, is an example of the post-colonial concept and knowledge modification.)