Western culture really isn’t that complicated when it comes to greeting people – for the most part a simple mister or misses will do, but Zulu tradition requires you to address people differently based on their status or position in life. For example, the way an elder or chief is greeted is different to the way someone will say hello to a young adult. This month Nqobile looked at the correct way of greeting someone who has had a child out of wedlock. Tradition would have it that they aren’t afforded the status of mother in a greeting, but as time has gone on traditions have become diluted and many people are no longer aware of the specifics of Zulu salutations.
Click on the following links to read more about this interesting topic and to see what else Nqobile has been up to this month:
- Indlela yokubiza umuntu ozalele ekhaya
- Imithi yokwelapha yesintu
- Ukusetshenziswa kwamafutha enhlwathi ngabantu
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