We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in

Swaziland culture photo

Photo by Voyages Lambert

 

Swazis are very loyal to the King and the Royalty; be smart about what is said openly. Swaziland is also predominantly Christian, and modesty in dress is encouraged. Swazis adhere strongly to their historical traditions, which are widely practised today. Many who are suffering from an illness will consult a sangoma to determine its cause and an inyanga to prescribe a treatment. It is the height of disrespect to be disparaging towards these individuals or to refer to them as witch doctors.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Swaziland, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Swaziland food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Swaziland and No miss drinks in Swaziland.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in Swaziland? Please comment below.