The ZULU, Outline Example

  1. The Zulu are a tribal African group that lives mainly in South Africa. The Zulu tribe gained recognition during the early nineteenth century when a young prince named Shaka came to power. Before Shaka, the Zulu had been primarily a farming and horticulture society. They raised cattle and grew vegetables. Men play the most dominant role in Zulu society. Women are renowned for bead working, basket making, and pottery. The Zulu Tribe is one of the best known African Tribes due to its extraordinary leader, Shaka Zulu; under Shaka’s leadership the trip grew into a great kingdom that was feared and respected across the African Continent. The culture of the Zulu Tribe is very unique and enticing.
  2. The Zulu have various beliefs and values that govern their way of life.
  3. Ancestral Spirits
  4. Influence of Christianity
  5. Hierarchical makeup

  • Social Change affects the lives of the Zulu people.
  1. Family Life
  2. Living Conditions
  3. Heritage and Cultural upbringing
  4. The Zulu tribe has eclectic spiritual beliefs
    1. Combination of Christianity and Zulu beliefs
    2. Nkulunkulu
    3. Diviner
  5. Horticulture is the Zulu main source of economic stability.
    1. Women do all planting and harvesting of croups
    2. Men and boys tend cattle and hunt
    3. Both pastoralists and rudimentary agriculturalists
  6. The Zulu have a strong belief in witchcraft
    1. A witch (insangoma)
    2. A sorcerer (Inyangas)
    3. The differences between the two and how they are used by the Zulu for healing.
  • Family was an important part of Zulu culture.
    1. Importance of father
    2. Children are never orphaned
    3. Feelings towards incest
  • Females are subjected to some grotesque measures.
    1. Virgin testing
    2. Certificates
    3. Rapes
  1. Politics in Zulu Tribes.
    1. Chief
    2. King
    3. Family members
  2. Conclusions: The Zulu tribe is comprised of many cultural traditions. Many of these traditions are a combination of Zulu beliefs and Christian beliefs. Over the years the two beliefs have fused together to form a sub-culture within the Zulu culture. The Zulu take pride in their way of life. They are an obedient people strictly obeys the chief.


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