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
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The Basuto people live in southern Africa. They are a nation composed of numerous Sotho-speaking people who were organized into one nation, Lesotho, by the legendary king, Moshoeshoe I. Whereas the Sotho-speaking people existed prior to the union created by Moshoeshoe I, the specific nation of Lesotho is a direct result of the political activity of the king. The Basuto live in the high savanna regions of southern Africa. Among the main groups of Basuto are the Northern Sotho, including the Lovedu and the Pedi; the Western Sotho, who are really the Tswana; and the Southern Sotho, the Basuto proper of the nation of Lesotho. Most scholars agree that the language spoken by the Basuto is a Bantu language similar to ...