Zulu Facts

There are approximately ten million Zulus in Africa most of who live in the
province of KwaZulu-Natal. A much smaller population live in Mozambique,
Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This tribe played an important part in the history of
Africa.
Zulu History Facts
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 warrior and king Shaka kaSenzangakhona
united the Zulu tribes into a powerful kingdom. He is known for his military genius
which was matched with his brutality.
In 1879 the Anglo-Zulu War began as a result of the then Zulu king Cetshwayo
refusing the British demand that he accept British authority and disband his army.
The Zulus inflicted an early devastating defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana. This
was the worst defeat the British would ever experience against any African enemy.
The British eventually won the war. The final confrontation was the Battle of
Ulundi on July 4, 1879. Soon after the defeat king Cetshwayo was captured and
exiled to London. At this time the British divided the Zulu kingdom into thirteen
sub-kingdoms. The sub-kingdoms fought among each other. Eventually Cetshwayo
was release by the British and reinstate as Zulu king. However, he was
unsuccessful at reuniting his kingdom and was eventually forced to escape from
Zululand. He died in 1884 from what might have been a poisoning.

They may wear traditional tribal clothing for cultural events or ceremonies but otherwise wear westernized clothing for everyday use.Zulu warrior image Facts about the Zulu Language The Zulu peoples language is called isiZulu. Many Zulus also speak several of South Africa’s eleven other official languages including English. Ancestor worship involves the belief that ancestor spirits exist and could effect the lives of people. IsiZulu is part of the Nguni subgroup of the Bantu language. The white is accepted by society and is . The diviner communicates with the ancestor spirits and the herbalist prepares a mixture called muthi which can be eaten to help influence the ancestors. An engaged women will let it be know that she is engaged by covering her bosom with a decorative cloth. A single unengaged women will wear a short skirt usually made of grass and will also wear beautiful beadwork. Married Zulu women wear clothing that covers their body completely. There are two basic forms of muthi: white and black. It is South Africa’s most widely spoken language. Portuguese. Two important people in a Zulu community. for better or for worse. Facts about Zulu Religion Although most Zulu people are Christian many still practice their traditional ancestor worship in conjunction with their Christian religion. The type of clothing a women wears is dictated by her marital status. Shangaan. who help communicate and influence the spirits. Afrikaans.Clothing The Zulu people of Africa wear different types of clothing for different occasions. are the diviner and the herbalist. Zulu Facts . and Sesotho.

. (depending on what age they reach it).consumed for positi purposes such as healing. Those who use black muthi are considered witches in Zulu society. Black muthi is used for negative purposes such as causing others to become sick. Umhlonyane is a traditional ceremony done by the Zulu people for girls when the girl reaches the womanhood stage.