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Unkulunkulu, noun

Forms:
Mkulunkulu, NkulunkuluShow more Also Mkulunkulu, Nkulunkulu, Oukoolukoolu, Umkulunkulu.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu, ‘great one’, ‘God’.
1. In traditional Zulu society: the first being; the supreme being. Cf. Tixo, uhlanga, umvelinqangi.
1836 A.F. Gardiner Journey to Zoolu Country 314They acknowledge..a traditionary account of a Supreme Being, whom they called Oukoolukoolu (literally the Great-Great), but knew nothing further respecting him.
1980 M. Matshoba in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 120Man was created by Nkulunkulu so that he might avail himself of that which umhlaba (earth) was made to give.
2. Among Zulu-speaking Christians: God. Cf. Tixo, umvelinqangi.
1936 Williams & May I Am Black 95Samson..took one trunk in his left hand and one in his right, and calling out to Umkulunkulu to avenge him for the loss of his eyes, strained himself against the trunks, and with a mighty heave pulled down the great hut, so that everyone inside the hut and on the roof was killed.
1975 [see imbizo].
the first being; the supreme being.
God.

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