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Xhosa poem, translated by Anthea

Xhosa love poem (IsiXhosa). Xhosa is an official language in South Africa with 8 million speakers. Translation into the Southern African language of the Xhosas people and their famous leader Uxhosa. Xhosa is by number, the second language of South Africa, and it is a clicks language which is written with the Latin alphabet. This Bantu language is mostly spoken in the Cape Province. Its phonological system has 3 clicks borrowed from khoisan languages. Xhosa is very close to Zulu - there is intercomprehension between the two languages ​​- but the speakers consider that thez are two different languages.

The Xhosas have the specificity of being an ethnic group today very urbanized. Onehey can be linked, linguistically speaking, with the Bantus Ngonis. They lived on livestock, whose social role was important (matrimonial compensation), but agriculture remained their essential subsistence activity (millet, corn). Their political system involved the existence of a kingdom, where authority was held by members of the royal lineage, causing frequent clashes between royal clans and ordinary clans. The Xhosas, in spite of Christianization attempts, practiced the fundamental cult of ancestors, which mediated the supposed relations between men and gods. The Xosas have been one of the most disadvantaged and exploited social classes in South Africa, and suffered cruelly the white supremacy during the apartheid. They were once confused with the Kaffirs.
African poems