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umvelinqangi, noun

Forms:
mvelangqangi, mvelingqangiShow more Also mvelangqangi, mvelingqangi, umvelingqangi, umvelinqange, umvel’nqanki, and with initial or medial capital.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu, firstborn, the first to appear, the creator, from vela appear, come forth + -qangi nominal stem indicating priority.
The original being, the first to appear; used among Xhosa- and Zulu-speakers as a praise-name or term of address for the traditional supreme being and for the Christian God. Cf. Tixo, Unkulunkulu.
1855 J.W. Colenso Ten Weeks in Natal 59The true words for the Deity in the Kafir language — at least in all this part of Africa — are umKulunkulu, literally, the Great-Great One = The Almighty, and umVelinqange — literally, the First Comer-Out = The First Essence, or rather, Existence.
1987 M. Poland Train to Doringbult 28The Lord of the Sky, Mvelangqangi, has his herds, way above.
The original being, the first to appear; used among Xhosa- and Zulu-speakers as a praise-name or term of address for the traditional supreme being and for the Christian God.

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