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also Xo·sa  (kō′sä, -zə)
n. pl. Xhosa or Xho·sas also Xosa or Xo·sas
1. A member of a Bantu people inhabiting the eastern part of Cape Province, South Africa.
2. The Nguni language of this people, closely related to Zulu.
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npl -sa or -sas
1. (Peoples) a member of a cattle-rearing Negroid people of southern Africa, living chiefly in South Africa
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family: one of the Nguni languages, closely related to Swazi and Zulu and characterized by several clicks in its sound system
ˈXhosan adj
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(ˈkoʊ sə, -zə, ˈkɔ-)

n., pl. -sas, (esp. collectively) -sa.
1. a member of a Nguni people of E Cape Province, South Africa.
2. the Bantu language of the Xhosa.
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Noun1.Xhosa - a member of the Negroid people of southern South Africa
Republic of South Africa, South Africa - a republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
2.Xhosa - a community of Negroid people in southern South Africa
3.Xhosa - a Bantu language closely related to Zulu
Nguni - a group of southern Bantu languages
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Consider for instance the role that prophetess Noncqawuse of the Xhosa people in South Africa played in the resistance against colonialism.
"The Ulwaluko is a very sacred and very important ritual for Xhosa people, my people.
By 1834, when Sir Harry Smith charged on horseback from Cape Town to the frontier of the Cape Colony (2) to fight the Xhosa people in what would become known as the Sixth Frontier War, he had already been serving in the British army for almost thirty years, seeing military action in South America, Spain and the American colonies.
In addition to describing PhilipsAEs efforts to end slavery and stop the dispossession of the Xhosa people, the book also details his interactions with Dutch and English colonists and his conflicts with other missionaries and the colonial government in South Africa.
Any imbongi among the Xhosa people in the Eastern Cape can make praise poems on the spur of moment and literate poets may compose praise poems spontaneously or write Xhosa poems.
Jennifer Wenzel examines two kinds of millennial dreaming involving the Xhosa people of southern Africa's Eastern Cape: one was a movement led by prophecy known as the Xhosa cattle killing of 1856-57 and the other was the white colonial domination-subjugation and evangelization of the Xhosa during the same period.
Through a nearly relentless schedule of ritual activity that invokes the ancestors and the Christian deity in various forms, Xhosa people attempt to shore up trust, secure ongoing investment in the rural homestead and sustain ties of reciprocity both among rural people and between them and their urban kin.
Here's a brief look at the Xhosa people and the main elements of their burial traditions:
I discovered that these nine wars, fought by the Xhosa people against the British between 1779 and 1879 and called by them 'The 100-year Wars of Dispossession', were only the 'hard end' of a process of lies, deceit and manipulation through which the Xhosa were driven back to what became the Bantustans of Apartheid only much later.
Husband and wife team Dold (curator, Selmar Schonland Herbarium, South Africa) and Cocks (social & economic research, Rhodes U., South Africa) offer this record of the South African Xhosa people's engagement with nature.
Bradford reports an instance of Tiyo Soga referring to the "certain ruin" of traditionalists to demonstrate how his protagonist saw cultural transformation (or modernization) as the mechanism that would ensure the ongoing survival of the Xhosa people (p.
"You will find that historians will go to the chapter where I attempt to locate Steve [Biko] within the long trajectory that goes back to the wars of resistance by the Khoi-Khoi and San people on the Northern Cape frontier in the 17th and 18th centuries, right up to the anti-colonial resistance of the Xhosa people on the Eastern Cape frontier throughout the 19th century.