The Zulu Tribe
This paper focuses on the history of the culture and traditions of the Zulu people. The way they live, their beliefs, family and their levels of organization. Each of these areas contribute to culture that is a source of much pride for the Zulu people. The Zulu are a diverse group of different people that came together to form one nation. Zulu make a living for their families by farming and cattle herding, thus making them pastoralists. The defining characteristic of pastoralist people is their association with domestic grazing animals. Popular conceptions of pastoralism have often focused on ‘pure’ pastoralists living a nomadic or transhumant existence and subsisting entirely on the produce of their herds. The Zulu tribe was immigrated to Northern Natal, South Africa from Central African lakes area in the fifteenth century. The Zulu terrorized their neighbors until 1818 when Shaka became Chief. Shaka was born in 1787. He was the illegitimate son of the Zulu chief and a common woman. His family was exiled from the tribe in shame. After growing up, he came back and became chief of the Zulu. It was said that he was the founder of the Zulu Empire. The development of the Zulu Kingdom is one of the most remarkable and extensively documented case studies in the history of state formation. The rise of the Zulu empire over a relatively short period of time, its powerful expansion over a wide territory, the overwhelming violence and terror involved, and the brutal European over throw of the regime have long attracted scholarly attention from Historians,
Anthropologists and sociologists of African political systems (Deflem, Mathieu Ethnology 38.4 1999).
The people have fascinating stories and folklores that they embrace and that influence many of their current values and beliefs. The Zulu are known for their great works in art and the impact that it has on current society. They make...
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