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Some Aspects of the Soul-Concept Among the Bantu-Speaking Nguni-Tribes of South Africa

Brian M. du Toit
Anthropological Quarterly, July 1960, 33 (3): 134-142.


The purpose of this paper is to consider some aspects of the fundamental belief system of the Nguni, namely, the worship of the ancestors. Specifically we will be concerned with a few major points; the distinction between the soul and the spirit as the Nguni conceive of it; the difference between family and tribal spirits; the appearance of these spirits to man, and finally the relationship between the living and the dead.