Dark Origins: African myths and legends, The Zulus – Part 1

I am over at Writing to be Read with April’s Dark Origins – African myths and legends post. This month, I am featuring the Zulu people and the famous Zulu king, Shaka. Thanks for hosting, Kaye Lynne Booth.

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The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with a population of between 10 and 12 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The Zulu tribe originated from the Ngunis who inhabited central and eastern Africa. They migrated to Southern Africa as part of the ‘Bantu Migration’ which occurred centuries ago.

One of the most famous Zulu chief was Shaka (1816 to 1828) who founded the Zulu empire. He is credited with uniting more than one hundred independent Nguni chiefdoms into a formidable fighting force. Shaka armed his warriors with short-handled stabbing spears for close-contact fighting and trained them to move up to their opponents in close formation with the body-length cowhide shields forming an almost impenetrable barrier to long-handled assegai thrown by enemy forces.

This is the theme song from the Shaka Zulu TV show called We are Growing:

The first interesting Zulu cultural belief…

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9 thoughts on “Dark Origins: African myths and legends, The Zulus – Part 1

  1. Brief but precise. There is a little of their traditions in my 2nd book when a couple of the heroes come South.


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