Zulu people

Zulu people (/ˈzl/; Zulu: amaZulu) are an Nguni ethnic group in Southern Africa. The Zulu people are the largest ethnic group and nation in South Africa with an estimated 10–12 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Zulu people
AmaZulu
Total population
14,159,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
 South Africa10,659,309 (2001 census)
to 12,559,000[1][2]
 Lesotho180,000[1]
 Zimbabwe167,000[1]
 Eswatini107,000[1]
 Malawi66,000[1]
 Botswana5,000[1]
 Mozambique6,000[1]
Languages
Zulu
Religion
Christianity, Zulu religion
Related ethnic groups
Xhosa, Swazi, Hlubi, Southern Ndebele, Northern Ndebele and Ngoni
Zulu
PersonUmZulu
PeopleAmaZulu
LanguageIsiZulu
CountryKwaZulu

They originated from Nguni communities who took part in the Bantu migrations over millennia. As the clans integrated together, the rulership of Shaka brought success to the Zulu nation due to his perfected military policies. The Zulu people take pride in their ceremonies such as the Umhlanga, or Reed Dance, and their various forms of beadwork.

The art and skill of beadwork takes part in the identification of Zulu people and acts as a form of communication. The men and women both serve different purposes in society in order to function as a whole. Today the Zulu people predominantly believe in Christianity, but have created a syncretic religion that is combined with the Zulu's prior belief systems.[3]