Zulu Essay

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History of the Zulu KwaZulu-Natal is a province in Africa, officially founded in late 1977 (“KwaZulu-Natal”). However, it was built off hundreds of years as a tribe and heavy war tactics. The tribe itself was very primitive The Zulu were a very powerful nation at their prime, and hold some key influences in both culture and warfare. The original Zulu tribe was created about circa 1600-1700, by Zulu kaMalandela ("History of the Zulu Nation Natal, KZN Early History about the Zulu Nation."). It was formed after chief Malandela kaLuzumana had died, splitting the Nguni tribe into both Zulu and Qwabes. Zulu had split from his brother Qwabe with his mother to settle in the Emakhosini Valley. Zulu and his children had started the Zulu dynasty. For …show more content…
Unkulunkulu was the name given for the spirit world where their ancestors lived ("Zulu Culture”). In some unlucky times, the Zulu would make a sacrifice in hopes to appease their ancestor’s spirits. It is said that if a Zulu forgets their ancestors, the Zulu will receive bad luck from the ancestor themselves. Burials were very rare except for chieftains, in that the Zulu believed that the spirit was the only thing that mattered. Most corpses were fed to the wildlife. The Zulu people were very fearful of lightning, believing it was the will of their ancestors. Anything touched by lightning wouldn’t be used, and likely forgotten out of …show more content…
The iklwa was used for close combat, which Shaka found much smarter than throwing spears. Shaka showed powerful combat prowess in battle, and was given a command of 100 men by Dingiswayo. He taught his men the close combat form of the iklwai, and created large bloodshed with this tactic. Shaka also formed a strong battle formation, one of the most tactically smart of his time. Later in 1816, after Shaka’s father died, Shaka assumed the Zulu throne and took control of 100 square miles of land and over 500 warriors. Shaka led strong military campaigns, and eventually took over all of the Nguni heartland. The Zulu tribe was now the most expansive and prosperous organized land at the time, Shaka controlling more land than Napoleon

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