peoples of Africa are often described in terms of their ethnic
background or their languages.
There are several thousand ethnic groups in Africa, ranging in physical
stature from the short Pygmies to the tall Maasai, each with its own
cultural traditions. Here are only a few of them.
note: Some of the peoples
and associations presented here are so closely related that more than
one topic heading may apply. For example, The Akan people are
given a page of their own, yet the Asante ( Ashanti ) are also an Akan
people, as are the Akuapem. So, a full search for the 'Akan' may
involve looking at pages dedicated to sub-groups as well. Some
sub-group pages may contain only a link or two, but they are still part
of a much larger picture.
You will find a similar relationship among some of other peoples
listed here. This is a case where a little advanced knowledge of
the subject may be an advantage when using these pages.
African Tribes - Zulu People __ Read about the largest tribal group in South
Africa in this brief overview. "The Zulu are practically divided in half with
about 50% living in cities and engaging in domestic work and another 50% working
on farms." - illustrated - From The Africa Guide -
Modern Zulu __ "Following the end of apartheid in the early 1990s, the Zulu
have become a powerful political force. They have their own political party,..."
Discover more about how Zulu life has changed through the many topics covered. -
illustrated - From thinkquest -
Zulu Culture __ "The Zulu people have a distinct culture that distinguishes
them from other ethnic groups. During each year they hold ceremonies that revive
their culture and tradition. These ceremonies include, among others, the
Heritage Day, which is held to celebrate the life of Shaka Zulu, the most
powerful king and creator of the Zulu nation." You will find several
click-to-read articles. - illustrated - From UCLA -
Zulu@Everything2.com __ A good look at Zulu history, culture and hopes for
the future. "The people known as Zulus began to unite 165 years ago. They formed
from many clans which combined, all of which lived in coastal South Africa.
Their name, "Zulu," was the name of the man whose descendants formed the Zulu
clan." You will also find links to many other resources. - From everything2.com
Zulu History __ "Within traditional Zulu household,the father is given utmost
respect. Children often fear their father and will not speak to him unless he
speaks to them first. The mother's role is less aurthoritarain and more nuturing.
It is the mother who passes Zulu folklore, history, and rules of behavior on to
the children." You can learn more about history and Zulu culture. - illustrated
- From West High School; Madison, Wisconsin -
Zulu People __ "The AmaZulu believe that they are the direct descendants of the
patriarch Zulu, who was born to a Nguni chief in the Congo Basin area. In the
16th century the Zulu migrated southward to their present location,
incorporating many of the customs of the San, including the well-known
linguistic clicking sounds of the region. 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." You will find
material related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and
more. - From University of Iowa -
Zulu Traditions & Culture __ "The Zulu traditions and culture are as much a
way of life as they are a tourist attraction. The Zulu, which means people of
heaven, are a proud nation that treasure their heritage, are friendly and always
hospitable; displaying an unyielding loyalty to their inkosi
(traditional leader)." - illustrated - from drakensberg-tourism.com -