Zulu traditional religion

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Zulu traditional religion contains numerous deities commonly associated with animals or general classes of natural phenomena. Unkulunkulu is the highest God and is the creator of humanity.[1] UNkulunkulu ("the greatest one") was created in Uhlanga, a huge swamp of reeds, before he came to Earth. Unkulunkulu is sometimes conflated with the Sky Sun god UMvelinqangi (meaning "He who was in the very beginning"), god of thunder,earthquakewhose other name is Unsondo, and is the son of Unkulunkulu the Father and Nomkhubulwane the Mother.The word Nomkhubulwane means the one who shapeshift into any form of an animal. Another name given for the supreme being Unkulunkulu is uSomandla the ultimate Source of all existence.

Other deities include Nomhoyi, the goddess of rivers, and Nomkhubulwane, sometimes called the Zulu Demeter, who is a goddess of the rainbow, agriculture, rain and beer (which she invented),and She is goddess the Mother who is Ma,uNgungi,the deity of the blacksmiths,iNyanga the moon goddess associated with healers who are called IziNyanga; the word Nyanga is a Zulu word for the moon,Sonzwaphi the deity of healing,Ukhulukhulwanaa star being ancestor who came from the stars and found the ancient Zulus living like animals and without laws. He taught them to built huts and taught them the high laws of isiNtu.The word UNkulunkulu is suspected to be a corruption of the word Ukhulukhulwana.

For further referrences: Let Not My Country Die by Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa.

                        Umsamo Iziko LamaThongo by Prof V.V.O.Mkhize.

Edited by Edmund Mandla Tsawe [NdabazeThongo].

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  1. ^ Bartlett, Sarah (2009). The Mythology Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Tales. Sterling Publishing. p. 169. ISBN 9781402770029. Retrieved 1 January 2018.


  • Lynch, Patricia Ann; Roberts, Jeremy (2010). African Mythology, A to Z. Infobase Publishing. p. 138.