Rwanda

Rwanda 1894

By Mary.J
  • Women's Work

    Women's Work
    {PRE} Before Rwanda's colonization, the way the women worked was most common and hardworking, as always. The men did most to all of the necessaries, such a heavy liftings and trading. As for the women, they were consistently planting, harvesting, and caring for crops, raising their children, cooking, cleaning: the usual.
  • Social Status

    Social Status
    {PRE} In Rwanda, there were three different types of social statuses, yet the two most common ones are the Tutsis and the Hutus. Prior to Rwanda's colonization they had a lower class jobs, or a way of living and surviving. The Tutsis were farmers while the Hutus were cattle herters. The Tutsis have always had a type of higher ranking in a way.
  • Religious Beliefs

    Religious Beliefs
    {PRE} Not many Rwandans 100% believed in both Christianity nor God. They were skeptical in before the Colonization, and so when the Hutu took over they began to "rule" most of Rwanda along side the Belgians, being more of their muscle, yet still. While there were those who didn't believe in this particular religion, others had their own. All of different varieties. One even being "witchcraft" and did things against the wishes in which was believed the way god wanted.
  • Daily Clothing

    Daily Clothing
    {PRE} The Rwandan people clothings were much different than they are now. Though, for them it was clothing, some might say not so much. The clothing were very revealing, yet mostly for the women. What everyone wore, including the women, is called loincloth and/or ishabure that covered their lower part of their body, yet barely. At the same time, the women also wore this clothing wrapped around them over their shoulder to cover their breasts area.
  • Ownership of Land

    Ownership of Land
    {PRE} Before being colonized by the Germans and being controlled by the Tutis, there was one ruler of Rwanda, the Mwami, or The King. The last Mwami before the colonization was Mwami Kigeri IV Rwabugiri before the people of Rwanda had consulted and decided that Rwanda becomes apart of the German Empire. Kigeri IV Rwabugiri was still the Mwami as well as his son after his death a few years later. While the Mwamis were still ruling, they had made a "partnership" with the Europeans and Germans
  • Daily Clothing

    Daily Clothing
    {POST} After their colonization, Rwanda clothing no longer consisted of revealing and/or some-to-none clothing. Nowadays, the outfits that they are wearing is much different from what people wear around the world, yet the way the dress is still apart of their culture and beliefs of Roman Christianity. Their clothing is more closed of and general like. Now, they hare longer pieces of clothing for both the men and women together. The women of Rwanda now have more "privacy" of their body.
  • Social Status

    Social Status
    {POST} After Rwanda's colonization the Tutsis began to become a high ranking class than the Hutus. After the Germans and Europeans colonized the land Rwanda, the Tutsis started to control the Hutu. There were hardly any European soldiers and rather Tusis ones instead. As time went on, the Belgian had even provided help to the Tutsis controllingness.
  • Religious Beliefs

    Religious Beliefs
    {POST} Most of the Rwandan people had the religion of Roman Christianity. Though this has been most of their life, both before and after colonization. The Hutus were the ones to mainly put their beliefs and practice into this Religion. Yet after this colonization, it was taken up mostly to all of the people in Rwanda and has become a very known and practice religion, even participating in ceremonies involving the indigenous practices.
  • Ownership of Land

    Ownership of Land
    {POST} Rwanda had finally gained independence in 1962, though it was a rough start and journey. This was all thanks to World War ll because of the way things were handled such as the division of race and ethnicity, including the way Africans were forced to fight within this war. There was obviously still much tension due to the Belgian Rule, the Tutsi Leaders still, in a way had remained as a superior, yet they were no longer "in control" of the Hutus.
  • Women's Work

    Women's Work
    {POST} A little after their colonization, women began to have a little more respect, yet it only increased after Rwanda had gained their independence. This process obviously took time. But with due time, women got to the point where they were finally able to even be apart of their government. As well as letting women be able to inherit land. They were even able to finally go to school; to get an education.