idlozi, noun

Forms:
ehlosé, idhloziShow more singular ehlosé, idhlozi, idlozi, ihloze, ndhlozi; plural amadhlozi, amadlosi, amadlozi, amaHlose, amahlosi, a’Mahlozi, amahlozi, madlosis, madlozi, madlozis, mahlose, mathlosi.
Plurals:
usually amadlozi, or madlozi, madlozis.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Zulu. For notes on singular and plural forms see i-, ama-, and ma- prefix3.
Among Zulus: an ancestral spirit; a guardian spirit. Also attributive. See also itongo.
1855 J.W. Colenso Ten Weeks in Natal 99They said that ‘amaTongo and amaHlose were certainly not the same as umKulunkulu: for they could not be till man was created; in short, they were departed spirits, but umKulunkulu made all things.’
1989 S. Motimele in Staffrider Vol.8 No.1, 43The following day, early in the morning, I set out with grandfather to complete the madlozi rituals.
an ancestral spirit; a guardian spirit. Also attributive.

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