In Zulu culture, "isibongo" is a clan name or "praise name". The term is derived from the verb "-bonga" meaning "to praise", "to thank", "to worship" or "to call by a clan name". The plural form "izibongo" (praises) refers to praise poetry, a typical Zulu art form where the fame of a person is extolled.
- Masuku, Norma (November 2005). Perceived oppression of women in Zulu folklore: a feminist critique. University of South Africa. p. 14
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