Five fascinating traditions you can only witness among the Zulu people

October 14, 2019 at 11:00 am | Culture

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

October 14, 2019 at 11:00 am | Culture

The great Zulu Sangoma bites the head of a live Puf-adder in the country near Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal.

Formed in the early 17th century, the Zulu nation is a branch of the southern Bantu people and has close ethnic, linguistic and cultural ties with the Swazi and Xhosa.

Commonly referred to as “The People of the Heavens” they are the largest single ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated population of about 10-12 million people. 

Their traditional language, isiZulu is spoken within the tribesmen. Uniting into a great Kingdom under the leadership of Shaka, they are traditionally grain farmers who venture into cattle herding when need be and this was mainly by raiding the farms of their neighbors who were mostly Europeans.

The traditional ruler of the Zulu people is the monarch. Their traditional religion is based on ancestor worship and on beliefs in a creator god, witches, and sorcerers.

The strength of their King is in his ability to perform rites on behalf of people in seasons such as planting season, war, drought, and famine. 

Despite their traditional beliefs, Christianity has blossomed due to the growth of independent or separatist churches under prophets, some of great wealth and influence.

With some of the most unique traditions on the continent, the Zululand is still globally recognized. Here are five fascinating traditions you can only witness among the Zulu people.

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