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uhlanga, noun

Forms:
u-hlanga, UthlangaShow more Also u-hlanga, Uthlanga, Utlanga.
Origin:
Zulu, Xhosa, Show more Zulu uhlanga reed, original stem, stock, ancestry; the word has been found in similar senses in Xhosa, and some uses may be derived from Xhosa umhlanga first ancestor.
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Among Xhosa- and Zulu-speakers: the reed clump or primal source of being from which the first human ancestor is said to have emerged; the traditional supreme being. See also Unkulunkulu sense 1.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 352The Caffers believe in a Supreme Being, to whom they give the appellation of Uhlanga (Supreme).
1925 D. Kidd Essential Kafir 101Brownlee tells us that Uthlanga simply means supreme, and that Utixo means beautiful.
the reed clump or primal source of being from which the first human ancestor is said to have emerged; the traditional supreme being.

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