The Shembe’s Rise to the Lord

Near Inanda, north of Durban, is a sacred site called Ekuphakameni, the ‘Place of Spiritual Upliftment’. It was named by Isaiah Shembe, prophet and founder of the Shembe Church. A major festival is held in mid-January at an equally sacred location, the mountain dubbed Nhlangakazi, some 30 kilometres north of Ekuphakameni. “Our pilgrimage to the … Read more

Izinkonzo Zesikhumbuzo Zabaholi BamaNazaretha

Ibandla lamaNazaretha liyinkolo yabantu bendabuko ehlanganisa ubuKhrestu nezinkolelo zendabuko ezavela kuMphrofethi uIsaiah Shembe okunguyena umqali webandla lamaNazaretha. Mhlazane inkosi yamaNazaretha uMphrofethi uIsaiah Shembe ekhotheme kwase kuhlala inkosi iLanga, ngosuku okwakhothama ngalo uMqali wendlela lwabe seluba usuku lwesikhumbuzo okuthi njalo uma kungumhla ziyishumi nesishiyagalolunye kuZibandlela (19 December) kulindwe ebandleni, bese kuba nenkonzo yokulinda kanye nokukhumbuzana ngemisebenzi … Read more

Izigaba Zamakhosazane

Amakhosazane yizintombi zaseKuphakameni (Shembe)ezizigcinile ubuntombi bazo. Inkosazane iqala ukuba yinkosazane isencane lapho isuke isabizwa ngeSheshakungena futhi ingakathombi. Kunemikhosi yamakhosazane engahanjwa yiSheshakungena okuwumkhosi waseNkatheni nomkhosi waseZibukweni. Yomibili lemikhosi ihanjwa amakhosazane asemadala noma asethombile. Imikhosi yamakhosazane Umkhosi waseNkatheni uba njalo mhla ziyisikhombisa kuNtulikazi eBuhleni. Izintombi ziyahamba ziye eNtanda okuyindawo ekudebuduze naseBuhleni, leyondawo yanikezelwa kuMqali wendlela okungumholi wokuqala … Read more

Isaiah Shembe and the Nazareth Baptist Church – Memories from Inanda

Contents1 Birth of Isaiah Shembe2 Birth of the Shembe Reilgion and Church3 Shembe the Prophet4 Ekuphakameni Church5 Annual Pilgrimage6 Shembe Family and Successive Leaders7 Ximba with Mwelela Cele8 Sources Birth of Isaiah ShembeThe Nazareth Baptist Church, also called the Shembe Church (iBandla lamaNazaretha) and the oldest African indigenous Church in South Africa, was founded by … Read more

Imvunulo Yezintombi ZaseNazaretha

Ubuhle bezintombi zasaNazaretha Imvunulo yezintombi zaseKuphakameni ihlukile kuneyomama nabantu besilisa. Imvunulo yezintombi yakhiwe ngobuhlalo bensimbi obucwebezelayo futhi obunemibala ehlukahlukene. Intombi igqoka kanje Intombi esanda kukhula ivunula kuTubhane. Isiketi esibomvu esinamaplinti. Umbhamba wasemabeleni onesibebe sakhona. Umbhamba wasesiswini . Umbhamba wasesinqeni ophethwe ngobhidli ezansi. Izincu ezinemibala emithathu, obomvu, oluhlaza nophuzi. Inebe eyakhiwe ngemibala ehlukahlukene. Izigqizo zasezingalweni. Ubusengi enzansi … Read more

Moving with the Times

Ask anyone in South Africa if they’re aware of the problems with rhinos being poached, and you’re likely to get an emphatic ‘yes’, but question the same people about leopards, and you’ll probably get more of a non-committal answer. While these cats aren’t being targeted at the same rate as rhinos, they are unfortunately in … Read more