Zulu People Essay

2143 Words Apr 9th, 2012 9 Pages
The People of the Zulu Culture: Past, Present and Future
The Zulu Culture is one filled with rich traditions and achievements can be found throughout centuries, even in contemporary society. The people have fascinating stories and folklores that they embrace and that influence many of their current values and beliefs. The people are known for their great works in art and the impact that it has on current society. Their culture and beliefs that although are different than the cultures found in other areas make them a unique society. Their trials throughout history make the Zulu people a fascinating group to explore in order to better understand their belief systems. The Zulu culture’s beliefs and values, gender relations and family
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For example, the Zulu people belief that their ancestors live in a world known as “unkulunkulu” meaning “greatest of the great” and live in a world between those living on earth and those living in their spiritual worlds (Uli Von Kapff, 2012). The people belief that if their ancestors are not remembered properly and reverenced, then bad things will happen to their loved ones throughout the generations. The people therefore often make special offerings to their ancestors. The Zulu people believe in witchcraft, sangoma, and Iyanga ( Uli Von Kapff, 2012). The people blame withes when things go wrong in their society. The witches are generally killed for their practices and their possessions given away. The sangoma is generally used to understand why bad events happen in the Zulu culture and to identify people that may cause problems among the Zulu people. The Inyanga are believed to be what contemporary societies would associate with healthcare providers in the community. The Zulu Inyanga’s mainly use wildlife and vegetation to perform many of their rituals. Many people of the Zulu continue to use these healers in present day societies and still believe in the powers that they have to cure illness and disease. The Zulu people also have very interesting beliefs concerning lightning, a ritual known as the Isiviane, and people known as Tokoloshe’s (Uli Von Kapff, 2012). Lightning, the people belief, is a very bad thing and whenever something is…

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