Interesting facts about Malawi

Malawi is a tiny African country, the existence of which most people on the planet do not even guess. But life here beats the key, true, with all the local characteristics … Alas, Malawi can not be called a suitable place for a tourist trip. This country so far, unfortunately, is at the very end of the list of many parameters.

Malawi is the poorest country in Africa, and also one of the least developed countries on Earth.

The name “Malawi” translates as “rays of light”. Local residents still successfully worked iron at the time of the empire, so, perhaps, there is a bright light from a lot of working smithies.

In the territory of Malawi, the remains of hominids (progressive primates, including humans) and stone tools, whose age, according to some scientists, reach a million years are found.

Malawi is famous for its orchids – there are more than 400 species of these beautiful flowers on the territory of the country. Most of them are found in the National Park of Nycka.

In the freshwater lake of Malawi, more than 500 species of fish and crustaceans live – this is the richest animal diversity among the inland waters of the world. Local residents called it the “lake-calendar”, since the length of the reservoir is 365 meters.

Former President of Malawi Binggu wa Mutarika, who led the country until 2012, was forced to leave his luxurious residence at night. He was in a 300-room palace only in the daytime because of the ghosts that were his ghosts.

Cattle in Malawi are more often used not as food, but as an analogue of the currency.

Between the old and the new part of the capital of the state, Lilongwe, on the area of ​​370 acres lies the nature reserve, through which flows the river, crocodile-infested.

In Malawi, the ancient recipes for cooking different insects are still widely used – local landladies dry and fry with the salt of the larvae of wild bees, cook or fry large crickets, and eat fried to dark brown crust of field beetles.

Among the inhabitants of Malawi there are quite a few albinos. They are under strong police protection, as in East Africa, such people are often kidnapped and killed for use in magical rituals.

Homosexuality in Malawi is legally banned. Same-sex couples face imprisonment for a term of 14 years.

Television appeared in Malawi only in the 21st century.

The name of the Malawi currency “Kwacha” is translated from one of the local dialects as “freedom”.

In all the billboards that are adorned in the cities of Malawi, holes are drilled – this is the only way to protect the designs from enterprising locals who steal them and adapt for their needs, for example, make them roofs for their modest dwellings.

Thanks to the many national parks and reserves, carefully monitored and looked after, Malawi has won the glory of the best natural region in Africa.

In the 1970s, it was forbidden to enter women in short skirts and trousers in Malawi.

The former president of the country Hastings Kamuzu Banda called himself a rain caster, and never appeared in public without a brush from the lion’s mane, with which he “drove away evil spirits.” When he died in 1997, the ex-leader of Malawi was buried in a gilded coffin specially imported from the United States, worth $ 37,000.