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  1. The Bantu Migrations

  2. Migrations of the Bantu Peoples

  3. HW Questions: The Bantu Migrations • 1) Where did the Bantu people originate? • Near the Niger River in West Africa • How long did it take for them to spread throughout central, eastern, and southern Africa? • About 2000 years • 2) What was the most important skill that the Bantu passed on to other African peoples? • Iron-working • 3) About how many African languages are related to ancient Bantu? • 400

  4. HW Questions: The Bantu Migrations • 4) What does the word bantu mean? • “The people” • “Traditional Healers” • 5) According to the religious tradition of the Shona people, what is the real cause of disease? • Spiritual deficiency • 6) What roles does the n’angaplay in Shona society? • Doctor, Counselor, Prophecy-maker

  5. Bantu Farmers (What do you notice about the plow?)

  6. More Bantu Images

  7. African Language Zones

  8. The Bantu Language • Today there are approximately 310 million speakers of Bantu languages • Bantu words have migrated into several other languages, including English • How do you think this happened?

  9. A few examples of Bantu words in English: • English WordBantu WordBantu Meaning • Jazz Jaja “Cause to dance” • Jiffy Tshipi “In a moment” • Kook Kuku “Dolt; Blockhead” • Banjo Mbanza “Stringed instrument” • Bodacious Botesha “Extremely” • Mooch Umusha “To remove” • Tote Tota “Lift; carry; pick up” • Ruckus Lukashi “Loud clapping; shouts” • Source: Montclair State University, Department of Anthropology. Accessed at http://msuweb.montclair.edu/~franker/week11Africa4words.pdf.

  10. The Bantu “Written” Language