The Nation: The Zulus: People of the Heavens

Where the Zulus came from no one really knows. Their ancestors are believed to have entered Africa from the Mesopotamian valley more than 10,000 years ago, following their cattle into new grazing lands up the Nile valley and finally to the southern part of the continent and what is now Rhodesia and the South African provinces of Natal and the Transvaal.

The Zulu tribe as it is known today dates from the early 17th century. Initially, they numbered no more than a hundred, but the clan grew, proudly calling themselves, after one of their...