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THE ZULU KINGDOM

The Zulu Kingdom as we know it today is a historically recent entity, forged by the innovative military leadership of King Shaka in the 1820's
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Zulu Culture

Culture is a way that people do things from what they have been taught from a young age, it is transferred from generation to generation and it differs from person to person. It is the Zulu culture not to look into an elder persons eyes when he talks to you, if you do it is considered as disrespecting but with white peoples culture you have to look into a person's eyes unless it considered that you are not telling the truth. Men must always take off their hats when entering a house in Zulu culture in order to show respect to the people in the house. It is said to be believed that culture differs from person to person and one can never understand the others culture, to this very day people still try to accommodate peoples culture and others try to keep theirs alive.In the Zulu culture a man is the head of the family he alone has a right to make decisions and the women only have to bow and respect, that is the "culture".

Shaka Zulu

Shakas year of birth is estimated to be 1787, he was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal. His father was Senzangakhona born in 1762 a child of a chieftain of the small clan of the Zulu succeeding his father as king. Senzangakhona married sixteen wives and had fourteen sons, daughters not known, he died in 1816. Senzangakhonas name derives from the Zulu word meaning he who acts with good reason. His mother was Nandi kaBebe a child of a deceased chieftain of the Elangeni clan, the third wife to Senzangakhona. Born in 1760 and died in 1827(a year before Shakas death). Shakas name derives from a Zulu word "iShaka" an intestinal beetle on which menstrual irregularities were usually blamed, this was said to Nandi because of her out of marriage pregnancy. Shaka was born out of marriage and that in Zulu culture was considered a bad practice, the marriage didn't work out Nandi returned back to the Elangeni tribe only to find that they were not welcome, because people believed that Nandi had shamed the Elangeni tribe by giving birth to a child out of marriage and the other children taunted Shaka by calling him names like the fatherless one.

Out of suffering, Shaka and his mother moved to the Mthetwa tribe lead by Chief Dingiswayo, that is where Shaka trained to be a warrior for six years. When Shaka was 23 years of age, Dingiswayo saw the ambition and potential Shaka had and gave him a leadership position to lead and train the Mthetwa army. Shaka demanded the strictest of discipline and perfection from his warriors any violation of his laws a punishment of death was sure to follow.

Madle'thule's hunger was changing the lives of the people who were living in a land that's well known today as KwaZulu Natal. Before this great hunger people were just living their lives, one tribe was long distance d from the other tribe s .

During this great hunger a sad thing begun to happen amongst the Zulu people. Tribes begun to attack each other confiscating each others cows, cattle and food. That is the exact time when the tribes had more passion to conquer the other tribes and take them under themselves to have more power and people. Two people in the Zulu Kingdom became famous by doing this, Dingiswayo who belong to the tribe of Mthethwa and Zwide from the Ndwandwe tribe. Even the Zulu tribe of Sonkana was under Dingiswayo's power.

Story of the Zulu Warrior

Shaka Zulu grew up amongst the warriors of Mthethwa where he learned the clever & unbelievable tactics of leading a war. For Shaka to be in the Mthethwa tribe as a young boy i t was because he was running away from his mothers people, Nandi from the eLangeni. In eLangeni Shaka stayed with his grandmother Mfunda. When he arrived kwaMthethwa he was welcomed by Ngomane kaMqomboli from Mdletshe, the deputy chief of Dingiswayo. After learning that Shaka is of kingship, he took him to Dingiswayo who made him his servant.

Shaka Zulu took to fame when he attacked a tribe that was most feared by the Mthethwa tribe, from then on he became the chief of warriors. Zwide succeeded in killing Dingiswayo in 1818, and Shaka Zulu's brother uSigujana became king.

After Shaka Zulu discovered that Senzangakhona was dead "usekhotheme" (zulu language ), he went back to his nation , killed Sigujana, Mudli and Zivalele and took over as King of the Zulu people. Because Dingiswayo was dead, Shaka also took over the Mthethwa tribe.

When Shaka became king, he first attacked uMacingwane from Mchunu and followed with Phungashe from the Buthelezi's side. He attacked these zulu tribes because they were torturing the Zulu nation during the times of Jama and Senzangakhona. In no time Shaka Zulu conquered Zwide, who was the only one left that can stand against Shaka. In this way Shaka became the only king of all the available tribes in that area. And he then called them ZULU!