The Geographical Quiz – April 2015

  • Written by  Adam Jacot de Boinod
  • Published in Quiz
Test your global knowledge

1 OX TALES
In which country is there the notion of qanda? This is the bringing of an ox with a bride as a symbol of her progeny. The ox is eaten by her new husband’s family. She is not allowed to see any part of it. If she does, she should say: ‘they killed my child’.
A) Botswana
B) South Africa
C) Mozambique

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b) South Africa (in the Tsonga language)


 

2 SPIRITED SOLUTIONS
Which country had an unusual way of divining the future, known as taghairm? This involved wrapping a man in the hide of a bullock and leaving him by a waterfall. Here he would think about his problem; and the answer was supposed to have come via the spirits who dwelt there.
A) Eire
B) Northern Ireland
C) Scotland

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C) Scotland (amongst the Highlanders)


 

3 CAR PARTS
Which Native American tribe name the parts of cars after parts of the body? The front bumper is daw, the chin or jaw; the chassis is chun, the back; the mouth is ze, the petrol-pipe opening; the electrical wiring is tsaws, the veins and the battery is zik, the liver.
A) The Apache
B) The Sioux
C) The Haida

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A) The Apache

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