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A Cultural Tour to South African Tribes

A Cultural Tour to South African Tribes

This tribe indicates south Africa a land of tribes. South Africa is a land mix of Legendary Tribes each with their own unique language and culture.

South African culture is incredibly interesting because it is so diverse. South Africa is a land mix of Legendary Tribes each with their own unique language and culture. There are many different people groups and tribes across the continent of south Africa – with their culture varying from tribe to tribe. Countries as small as Uganda have more than 30 south African tribes. Know about culture of ancient Tribes of South Africa-

Zulu Legendary Tribe of  South Africa

The Zulu tribe is the largest ethnic group in South Africa. They are well known for their beautiful brightly colored beads and baskets as well as other small carvings. The South african Zulu tribe people 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. Zulu tribe people During the 17th and 18th centuries many of the most powerful chiefs made treaties and gave control of the Zulu tribe villages to the British. This caused much conflict because the Zulu tribe had strong patriarchal village government systems so they fought against the British but couldn’tZulu basket win because of the small strength they possessed. Finally, after much of the Zulu tribe 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 tribe 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 tribe uprising was lead and the Zulu continue to try to gain back what they consider to be their ancient kingdom.

South African Zulu Tribe

Zulu Tribe

Lemba Tribe of South Africa

The Lemba Tribe of South Africa living in what was previously Venda and which is now in the north of the Transvaal, claim that they are one of the lost tribes of ancient Israel. The possibility is that they left the Kingdom of Israel during the Assyrian exile of the 10 tribes from Samaria who were captured and placed in areas of what is today Syria and Iraq and then disappeared.

South african pedi tribe

The Pedipeople live in the northern province of South Africa, in Sekhukhune land. There are many kinds of spoken Sepedi but only one written. The Pedis are known for storytelling. The stories can teach about life and Bapedi culture. Songs are also a part of the culture. The stories are usually told in the evenings but nowadays radio and TV have replaced them. When the Pedis are working in groups they often sing together to finish quick.One song is about killing a lion to become a man. This is very unusual and no longer practised. Actually it was so unusual that if a boy managed, he would get high status and the ultimate price – to marry the kings daughter.

Xhosa Tribe

South African Xhosa Tribe

South African Xhosa Tribe

Playing an important part in the apartheid, the Xhosa tribe is central to the development of South Africa history. Traditionally hunters and warriors, descended from the ancient Nguni people, the Xhosa tribe has evolved to produce some of the most noteworthy and heroic men from prime minister Nelson Mandela to political activist Desmond Tutu.However while modernity has hit this tribe, with very few living the traditional lifestyle, in remote areas certain tribes have managed to keep in touch with the rituals of their ancestral forefathers.

Sotho tribe people

The Sothos came wandering from the north and spread over central South Africa. The Basotho nation was formed under king Moshoeshoe during the 18th century. The Sesotho language is related to Sepedi and Setswana.The Sothos have the same oral tradition with singing and storytelling as for example the Pedis.

Tswana tribe of south africa

There are about four millions of Tswanas. Tswana is a bantupeople and also called Bechuans. Their language is called Sechuana. The Tswanas came to South Africa in the 14th century. They became cattlers and farmers. In 1820 Matabele people drove them to the north. During the 19th century Britains and Boers ruled Tswana.

The Maasai People of East Africa

An introduction to the Maasai tribe of East Africa. The Maasai are pastoralists and warriors. Self-sufficient and proud, the Maasai are now struggling to maintain their traditions. Their grazing lands are being parceled off and much of it is now protected National Park land. This article also lists some cultural tours for those interested in spending some time with the Maasai people.

Venda tribe

As most of the other black people in South Africa the Venda people came from the north. They first settled down in the Soutpansberg Mountains. There they built there first capital, called D´zata, which still can be seen, as ruins. Today about 875 000 in South Africa people speak Tshivenda, the language. The Venda people lived in an area, which is rich of mountains and vegetation, this have protected the Vendas. Actually Venda was the last people in the north Transvaal to get in contact with the whites.

Himba tribe people

The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who live in Kaokoland which is in the Northwest of Namibia. The Himba are a striking people to look at because they have maintained their traditional culture and dress. The women are topless and cover their bodies with a paste made from fat and ochre. This is an introduction to the Himba including links to tours.

San or Bushmen tribe

Though they go by different names such as San People or Bushmen, the core cultural principles of this nomadic tribe remain the same. A traditional tribe in every sense of the word, these indigenous people originally resided in remote areas of the African bush wearing animal hides and living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Spread across Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Angola and Namibia, this tribe has become known as the ‘first people’ of Africa due to their in-depth knowledge of the bush and African history.

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