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n. pl. Bemba or Bem·bas
1. A member of a people of northeast Zambia and adjacent parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Malawi.
2. The Bantu language of the Bemba. Also called Chibemba.

[Bemba -bemba, ethnic self-designation.]


npl -ba or -bas
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Africa, living chiefly in Zambia on a high infertile plateau
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family


(ˈbɛm bə)

n., pl. -bas, (esp. collectively) -ba.
1. a member of an African people or group of peoples of NE Zambia and adjacent parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Malawi.
2. the Bantu language of the Bemba.
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Given this perspective, it can be concluded that the ruling metaphor in eating Lesa (Eucharist) is the Catholic doctrine and not cannibalism among the Bembas as one might mistake such a practice in the present form of the story.
presented in the Bemba language, one of the major Zambian vernaculars.
To provide some form of working literary compass the purpose of this article is to showcase the work of one Zambian Bemba writer, Stephen Mpashi.
Bemba boasts the one outstanding vernacular writer that Zambia has produced in Stephen Mpashi who has published some dozen titles and well before independence was writing stories of Copperbelt life that satirise the institutions of colonial society and the pretentions of the Africans who served them.