Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Swazi are a Nguni-speaking people who live in southern Africa among other Bantu people. It is believed that the Swazi originated in East Africa and moved from that area during the great Nguni expansion southward to their present location. They crossed the Limpopo River and settled in an area called Tongaland, which is now Mozambique. The leader of the Swazis at this time was Dlamini, who became one of the legendary leaders of the people. His descendants established a dynasty that lasted for more than two centuries. They lived near the Ndwandwe people, another Nguni-speaking people, until economic and commercial interests brought them into conflict, and the Swazis moved to their new area and created a complex kingdom based on their ancient traditions. The traditions of the Swazi are inculcated into the young right after birth. When a child is born, plants and animal fur related to the child's ...