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n. A complimentary metonym used to describe members of a Zulu clan.


In Zulu culture, "isibongo" is a clan name or "praise name". The term is derived from the verb "-bonga" meaning "to praise", "to thank", "to worship" or "to call by a clan name". The plural form "izibongo" (praises) refers to praise poetry, a typical Zulu art form where the fame of a person is extolled.

Usage examples of "isibongo".

This done, Dingaan ordered one of his isibongos, or praisers, to run to and fro in front of the regiments and others there assembled, and proclaim that he had granted Natal to the Boers to be their property for ever, information which the Zulus received with shouts.