The Zulu people are the largest ethnic group and nation in South Africa with an estimated 10–12 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. They originated from Nguni communities who took part in the Bantu migrations.
The home of the Zulu tribe is located in the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, but members of the tribe live throughout southern Africa.
The Zulu believe that they are the direct descendants of the patriarch Zulu, who was born to a Nguni chief in the Congo Basin area. During the reign of King Shaka (1816-1828), the Zulu became the mightiest military force in southern Africa, increasing their land holdings from 100 square miles to 11,500.
The word Zulu means “Sky” and according to oral history, Zulu was the name of the ancestor who founded the Zulu royal line in about 1670. Today it is estimated that there are more than 45 million South Africans, and the Zulu people make up about approximately 22% of this number.
Zulu language, a Bantu language spoken by more than nine million people mainly in South Africa, especially in the Zululand area of KwaZulu/Natal province. The Zulu language is a member of the Southeastern, or Nguni, subgroup of the Bantu group of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family.
Starch is a dietary staple and they take form in pap (porridge) and beer. Maize, pumpkins and potatoes are common ingredients used to in traditional dishes. Oxen are only slaughtered on special occasions such as weddings and coming of age ceremonies. Traditional Zulus eat with wooden bowls and spoons.
Unkulunkulu is the highest god and is the creator of humanity. Unkulunkulu (“the greatest one”) was created in Uhlanga, a huge swamp of reeds, before he came to Earth.
The name Zulu means Heaven and is of African origin. Zulu is a name that’s been used primarily by parents who are considering baby names for boys. Tribe in South Africa.
However, in English impi is often used to refer to a Zulu regiment, which is called an ibutho in Zulu, or the army itself. Its beginnings lie far back in historic tribal warfare customs, when groups of armed men called impi battled. Impi is typically an army that is ready for combat.
Around 6,000 Zulus had been slain for the loss of 10 men killed and 87 wounded. The British were so impressed by the courage of their opponents that they built a memorial to the Zulus at Ulundi along with their own.
The British and colonial troops were armed with the modern Martini–Henry breechloading rifle and two 7-pounder mountain guns deployed as field guns, as well as a Hale rocket battery. The battle was a decisive victory for the Zulus and caused the defeat of the first British invasion of Zululand.
Most of Zulu was shot on location in South Africa. The mission depot at Rorke’s Drift was recreated beneath the natural Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg Mountains (considerably more precipitous than the real Rorke’s Drift, which is little more than two small hills).
Zululand, traditional region in the northeastern section of present-day KwaZulu-Natal (formerly Natal) province, South Africa. It is the home of the Zulu people and site of their 19th-century kingdom.
The kingdom grew to dominate much of what is today KwaZulu-Natal and Southern Africa. In 1879, the British Empire invaded, beginning the Anglo- Zulu War. After an initial Zulu victory at the Battle of Isandlwana in January, the British Army regrouped and defeated the Zulus in July during the Battle of Ulundi.
List of Zulu kings
|King of the Zulus|
|Heir apparent||Not designated|
|First monarch||Zulu kaMalandela|