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Edit August 2019 – many of the previous links to different cultures are now dead links and I had to spruce up this entry of more than 10 years ago!

On this next link, you will find the following ethnic groups: Ndebele, Pedi, San, Shangaan, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. This link is a great link as there are pictures and a substantial amount of information. Use the drop-down menu to the left of the page.


The Zulu people.

The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa. They are well known for their beautiful brightly coloured beads and baskets as well as other small carvings.

The Zulu believe that they are descendants from a chief from the Congo area, and in the 16th century migrated south picking up many of the traditions and customs of the San who also inhabited this South African area. During the 17th and 18th centuries many of the most powerful chiefs made treaties and gave control of the Zulu villages to the British. This caused much conflict because the Zulu had strong patriarchal village government systems so they fought against the British but couldn’t win because of the small strength they possessed. Finally, after much of the Zulu area had been given to the British the Zulu people decided as a whole that they didn’t want to be under British rule and in 1879 war erupted between the British and the Zulu. Though the Zulu succeeded at first they were in 6 months conquered by the British who exiled the Zulu Kings and divided up the Zulu kingdom. In 1906 another Zulu uprising was lead and the Zulu continue to try to gain back what they consider to be their ancient kingdom.

The Zulu believe in a creator god known as Nkulunkulu, but this god does not interact with humans and has no interest in everyday life. Therefore, most Zulus interact on a day to day level with the spirits. In order to interact with the spirits the Zulu must use divination to interact with the ancestors. All misfortune is a result of a evil sorcery or offended spirits, nothing just happens because of natural causes.

The Zulu are practically divided in half with about 50% living in cities and engaging in domestic work and another 50% working on farms.  


On this link HERE you can read about African tribes/groups and their culture and festivals/art/language/wildlife/etc. The link will open in a new window.

Nét Khoisan uniek
24/04/2008 08:03:28 PM – (SA)

DIE Khoisan het aan moederskant (mDNS) die oudste oorlewende takke van die menslike stamboom in hul genetiese samestelling behou.

Dit blyk ook dat die Khoisan tussen 90 000 en 150 000 jaar gelede van die res van die wêreld se bevolking geskei en oor ’n tydperk van duisende jare na Suidelike Afrika gemigreer het – in ’n enkele lang reis. Hulle het tot 40 000 jaar gelede hier in genetiese isolasie geleef.

Dié internasionale, omvattendste opname tot nou toe rakende Afrika se mitochondriese DNS (mDNS word net van ’n ma na al haar kinders oorgedra) is gisteraand deur die Genografiese Projek bekend gemaak.

Die span navorsers het oor die wêreld heen gereis om die mDNS van 624 mense van inheemse bevolkings te versamel om insig te kry oor die vroeë demografiese geskiedenis van die eerste moderne mense. Daar is gevind dié vroeë groepe van Homo sapiens was klein en geïsoleerd van mekaar.


Ndebele women…image: Kruger2Canyon

Ndebele woman…image: Kruger2Canyon

A traditional Nama Hut..Image: stripedmouse.com/site1_4_1.htm

Nama woman…Image: stripedmouse.com/site1_4_1.htm

Read more here: http://www.stripedmouse.com/site1_4_1.htm


Zulu men demonstrating fighting


Zulu bead workers

Zulu woman busy weaving

Zulu woman busy weaving

Zulu hut

Zulu hut


Inside the Zulu hut


Zulu woman in traditional clothes

Last 6 images can be found here: http://www.fiveupfront.com/fuf/pictures/2006africa/2006africa.php

Looking for FOLKLOREfollow the link for Xhosa Folklore. The link will open in a new window.

Patterns and colours used to paint houses/homes

Beautiful art

Basotho Cultural Village [google-image]

Ndebele houses

Zulu warriors – image:history of South Africa


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