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The Burundian culture consists of two major groups: the Hutus and the Tutsi, and one minor group beings the Twas. Even though these groups have been living together and sharing a language, Kirundi, they are still separate due to the idea of belonging to a group.
For more information on the Culture of Burundi click here. (1)


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Dance and music are two significant cultural traits of Burundi.

Tutsis and Feudal System (2)

Burundians are known for their crafts: they make drums, baskets and pottery. Local people celebrate in native festivals.
One well known festival celebrated in the Burundian culture is the Sorghum festival. For more information on this Festival, go to :http://www.mapsofworld.com/country-profile/burundi1.html (3)

Burundian culture bases its mythological stories and poems on the god, Imana. They also attribute dances to him. Imana is the creator god who had very long arms to be able to distance himself from humans.
For more information on Imana go to http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/african-mythology.php?deity=IMANA. (4)


Burundian Drums

(5) Drums are a big part of this culture; these are Burundians playing drums in a refugee camp in Kibondo.

Sources:
(1) "Culture of Burundi." www.everyculture.com" 2007. 27 Apr. 2007.< http://www.everyculture.com/Bo-Co/Burundi.html>
(2) "Burundi Culture." www.traveldocs.com. 2007. Travel Document System, Inc. 27 Apr. 20007.
<http://www.traveldocs.com/bi/culture.htm>.
(3) "Maps of the World." 2007. 27 Apr. 2007. <http://www.mapsofworld.com/country-profile/burundi1.html>.
(4) Snall, Holy. "African Mythology" www.godcheker.com. 2007. 27 Apr. 2007. <http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/african-mythology.php?deity=IMANA.>.
(5) "Burundian Drums.""www.youtube.com." 2007. 1 May 2007. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2eEXf4ROvg>