People of the Heavens

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Being one of the most widely known tribes in Africa, a lot of people still don’t know about this amazing people and culture. The Zulu people are a Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa and the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated 10–12 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Nata, they are well known for the ferocity of its shield bearing warriors, especially under Shaka; for its bead work and basketry and the beehive grass huts that pepper the KwaZulu-Natal hills. But there’s more to it than just iconic shields and spears.

Language

Respect is a big deal in Zulu culture and the IsiZulu words are designed to show preference towards elders and special people of the community. It most features respective terms which are words used while addressing elderly people, they use terms such as Baba for father and Mama for mother even when the individuals are not the parents. Many Zulu people also speak Afrikaans, English, Portuguese, Xitsonga, Sesotho and others from among South Africa’s 11 official languages which is so damn impressive.

Magic

The Zulu people have always believed in ancestral spirits referred to Amadiozi or Amaphansi, the spirits of the dead. It may come as a surprise to many Westerners, but magic is still a strong component of traditional Zulu culture, and they still have strong believe for ancestral spirits, diviners and herbalists.

Dance

These guys got some moves for real, the Zulu have several dances that are performed throughout the year, every year, girls from around South Africa come to the eNyokeni Palace in Nongoma to participate in the powerful dancing experience, which also includes staged fighting among the men. The girls that come have to be virgins and dance with their breasts exposed, and it still happens.

Characteristics

Looks like their character is just as good as their dance moves, they’re known for being very warm and amicable, and they practice and believe in Ubuntu which means “humanness”. The humanness is part of their daily life so I guess it’s somewhere worth visiting.

It’s pretty nice knowing that there’s a bunch of cool people in the world right? With love for others and strong cultural heritage. Cool.

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