Dark Origins: African Myths and Legends – The Zulus Part 2 #Beadwork #Traditionalstory

This month, my Dark Origins post discusses the meanings behind Zulu beadwork and shares a traditional Zulu story. Thanks for hosting Kaye Lynne Booth.

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Last month for Dark Origins, African Myths and Legends, I shared an introduction to the Zulu people of South Africa, the Great Zulu King Shaka and the legend of the Buffalo Thorn tree. If you missed it, you can read it here: https://writingtoberead.com/2022/04/27/dark-origins-african-myths-and-legends-the-zulus-part-1/

This month, I will be sharing information about Zulu beadwork and the messages contained therein as well as a traditional story.

Zulu beadwork

The Zulu people of South Africa have a rich tradition of beadwork. Originally, bone, small horns, shells and small pieces of polished wood and stone were pierced to make beads that were strung together as necklaces and belts.

When the Zulus started trading with the Europeans at the end of the 18th century, glass and ceramic beads were introduced into their beadwork.

Traditionally, both men and women wore beaded belts called umutsha to which a piece of cloth was attached to cover the pubic…

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15 thoughts on “Dark Origins: African Myths and Legends – The Zulus Part 2 #Beadwork #Traditionalstory

  1. I remember watching the TV mini-series ‘Shaka Zulu’ in the 1980s. It taught me a lot more about Zulu culture than I had previously known. (Not sure of the authenticity, but I recall thinking it was very interesting.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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