Saturday, 11 October 2014

Facts About South African Zulu Tribe

The Zulu Tribe of South Africa believe that they are descendants of a chief from the Congo region. They believe that everything happens for a reason as a result of an evil sorcery or offending of the spirits, this is why they interact with the spirits for their god Nkulunkulu does not get involved with the daily aspects of the human life. The Zulu Tribe code of dressing is complex as a result of their shields. The work of the women is to cultivate the land while men take care of the cows.

Over thousands of years the Zulu's ancestors, the Nguni people, migrated down the east coast of Africa as part of the Bantu migrations. They eventually reached South Africa around the ninth century AD, where a small Zulu clan formed.In the early 1800's the famous Zulu Tribe warrior and king Shaka ka Senzangakhona united the Zulu tribes into a powerful kingdom. He is known for his military genius which was matched with his brutality.                  
As much as there are some scattered Zulu Tribe speaking people all over the provinces, majority of the Zulu-speaking people live in KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Most of the 9 million Zulu-speakers in South Africa reside in this province or have migrated initially from this province to other provinces in South Africa Culture Since majority of its population are Zulu-speaking people, it is therefore known as the home of the Zulu Tribe.

The Zulu peoples language is called isiZulu Tribe. IsiZulu is part of the Nguni subgroup of the Bantu language. It is South Africa’s most widely spoken language. Many Zulus Tribe also speak several of South Africa’s eleven other official languages including English, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Shangaan, and Sesotho.

The Zulu people of African Tribe wear different types of clothing for different occasions. They may wear traditional tribal clothing for cultural events or ceremonies but otherwise wear westernized clothing for everyday use.The type of clothing a women wears is dictated by her marital status. A single unengaged women will wear a short skirt usually made of grass and will also wear beautiful beadwork. An engaged women will let it be know that she is engaged by covering her bosom with a decorative cloth. Married Zulu Tribe women wear clothing that covers their body completely.

However, the Zulu Tribe culture extends far beyond the battles fought for land and settling rights. Theirs is a culture that is centred on tradition and ritual. Most major life events (weddings, funerals, coming of age, etc...) are marked by the slaughter of an animal, feasting, drinking and socialising with friends and family. Of course, the traditional cuisine is a major part of this culture.

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