1828T. PringleEphemerides 180He told them that he was sent by Uhlanga, the Great Spirit, to avenge their wrongs.
1829C. RoseFour Yrs in Sn Afr. 145When the kraal is struck by lightning, the site is either deserted, or an ox burnt on the spot, or buried beneath it, as an offering to the incensed spirit of the kraal, or to Uhlanga, the spirit of thunder.
1841B. ShawMemorials 41Of a Divine Being, (whom they call Uhlanga or Supreme,) they have some distinct notion.
1846R. MoffatMissionary Labours 68Uhlanga is also used by the Kafirs to denote a Supreme Being.
1857J. ShooterKafirs of Natal 159The Kafirs of Natal and the Zulu-country have preserved the tradition of a Being whom they call the Great-Great and the First Appearer or Exister...Creation was effected by splitting a reed, when the first man and other things issued from the cleft...U-hlanga signifies origin as well as reed.
1875D. LeslieAmong Zulus 148The first man, who they say ‘tore them out of the reeds,’ Uhlanga, literally, ‘reed’, they use for ‘custom’.
1870H. CallawayReligious System of Amazulu 2Uthlanga is a reed, strictly speaking, one which is capable of ‘stooling’, throwing out offsets. It thus comes, metaphorically, to mean a source of being.
1925D. KiddEssential Kafir 101Brownlee tells us that Uthlanga simply means supreme, and that Utixo means beautiful.
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