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Africa, African Anthropology - General Resources


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By peoples L through Z  go to A through K  


The peoples of Africa are often described in terms of their ethnic background or their languages.  There are several thousand ethnic groups in Africa, ranging in physical stature from the short Pygmies to the tall Maasai, each with its own cultural traditions.  Here are only a few of them.

Laka   Lega   Lobi   Luba   Luchazi   Luluwa   Lunda   Luvale   Lwalwa  Maasai  Makonde   Mambila   Mangbetu   Manja   Mbole   Mende   Mitsogo   Mossi   Mumuye  Ngbaka   Nkanu   Nok   Nuna   Oron  Owo   Pende   Pokot   Punu   San   Senufo   Shambaa   Shona   Songo   Songye   Suku   Swahili   Tabwa   Tuareg   Urhobo  We  Wimiama   Wodaabe   Wolof   Woyo   Wum   Yaka   Yombe   Yoruba   Zaramo   Zulu



Please note:  Some of the peoples and associations presented here are so closely related that more than one topic heading may apply.  For example, The Akan people are given a page of their own, yet the Asante ( Ashanti ) are also an Akan people, as are the Akuapem.  So, a full search for the 'Akan' may involve looking at pages dedicated to sub-groups as well.  Some sub-group pages may contain only a link or two, but they are still part of a much larger picture.

You will find a similar relationship among some of other peoples listed here.  This is a case where a little advanced knowledge of the subject may be an advantage when using these pages.

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African Folk Tales ( zulu ) __ You will find click-to-read stories from the Zulu people. - from canteach.ca - http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/africa.html 

African Tribes - Zulu People __ Read about the largest tribal group in South Africa in this brief overview. "The Zulu are practically divided in half with about 50% living in cities and engaging in domestic work and another 50% working on farms." - illustrated - From The Africa Guide - http://www.africaguide.com/culture/tribes/zulu.htm

Modern Zulu __ "Following the end of apartheid in the early 1990s, the Zulu have become a powerful political force. They have their own political party,..." Discover more about how Zulu life has changed through the many topics covered. - illustrated - From thinkquest - http://library.thinkquest.org/27209/Modern.htm

Zulu __ An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu 

Zulu Culture __ "The Zulu people have a distinct culture that distinguishes them from other ethnic groups. During each year they hold ceremonies that revive their culture and tradition. These ceremonies include, among others, the Heritage Day, which is held to celebrate the life of Shaka Zulu, the most powerful king and creator of the Zulu nation." You will find several click-to-read articles. - illustrated - From UCLA - http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/aflang/zulu/culture.html

Zulu Culture and History - African Culture __ A brief look. - From bellaonline.com - http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art13160.asp 

Zulu Culture and Traditions __ A wide ranging site with click-to-read articles about subjects such as history, religion, food and combat. - illustrated - from KwaZulu-Natal Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism - http://www.warthog.co.za/dedt/tourism/culture/intro/intro.htm

[email protected] __ A good look at Zulu history, culture and hopes for the future. "The people known as Zulus began to unite 165 years ago. They formed from many clans which combined, all of which lived in coastal South Africa. Their name, "Zulu," was the name of the man whose descendants formed the Zulu clan." You will also find links to many other resources. - From everything2.com - http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=Zulu

Zulu History __ "Within traditional Zulu household,the father is given utmost respect. Children often fear their father and will not speak to him unless he speaks to them first. The mother's role is less aurthoritarain and more nuturing. It is the mother who passes Zulu folklore, history, and rules of behavior on to the children." You can learn more about history and Zulu culture. - illustrated - From West High School; Madison, Wisconsin - http://www.donmingo.com/zulupeop.html
Zulu People __ "The AmaZulu believe that they are the direct descendants of the patriarch Zulu, who was born to a Nguni chief in the Congo Basin area. In the 16th century the Zulu migrated southward to their present location, incorporating many of the customs of the San, including the well-known linguistic clicking sounds of the region. During the reign of King Shaka (1816-1828), the Zulu became the mightiest military force in southern Africa, increasing their land holdings from 100 square miles to 11,500." You will find material related to art, culture, history, religion, political structure and more. - From University of Iowa - http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Zulu.html


Zulu Traditions & Culture __ "The Zulu traditions and culture are as much a way of life as they are a tourist attraction. The Zulu, which means people of heaven, are a proud nation that treasure their heritage, are friendly and always hospitable; displaying an unyielding loyalty to their inkosi
(traditional leader)." - illustrated - from drakensberg-tourism.com - http://www.drakensberg-tourism.com/zulu-culture-traditions.html 

Zulu at UCLA __ An overview of Zulu culture and history from UCLA - illustrated - From UCLA - http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/aflang/zulu/home.html


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