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Q: what are some zulu culture beliefs and values?
A: Zulu beliefs. Culture Superstition Zulu people are by nature very superstitious. The sangoma has to satisfy a demand for 'umuthi' (medicine) to prevent misfortune, lightning, to win the lottery, good luck when job hunting, the list is endless. [ In South Africa, all football teams have a sangoma who is taken very seriously and travels with the team to all matches, he asks his ancestors to
help them win, when they arrive at the field where they will be playing, he puts a magnet behind the opponent?s goalposts to attract the goals and attaches a padlock to theirs to 'lock out' the opponents goals. This is changed around at half time. Ancestors respect before ceremony Ancestors. Culture Like most African tribes, the Zulus pay tribute to the souls of the dead, in Zulu they are called 'abaphansi' (roughly translated to mean, those in the ground) or 'amadlozi' (ancestors). In western terms, one could compare them to guardian angels. Those 'left behind' go to great lengths to keep them happy by making sacrifices and offerings to them; they also ensure that the souls are brought back from the place where the body died to the family home. They are given a special place to 'live' in the hut, this place is called 'emsamo', and this is where one goes to talk to and communicate with them and any sacrifices and offerings are placed there for them. It is considered a sacred place, women may go there on occasion, but men are the ones that communicate with them as they are the head of the family and know what is needed from the ancestors at any given time. If many negative incidents happen such as members of the family becoming sick without any explanation (i.e. the person is sick yet there is no medical explanation), many members of the same family die, a lot of misfortune etc then a sangoma is consulted in order to find out whether it is caused by ancestors who feel neglected or are angry or whether it is caused by witchcraft. Once the cause has been determined then either a witch hunt takes place or the ancestors are appeased by making a sacrifice to them. ]
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