Yesterday we spoke of family … today I’m asking who you are?
Clan names, Iziduko (Xhosa) Seboko (Sotho) or Izithakazelo (Zulu) are family names and if you refer to Nelson Mandela as Madiba then you should understand what Isiduko is.
Wikipedia explains it better:
“Xhosa clan names (isiduko (sing.), iziduko (pl.) in Xhosa are family names which are considered more important than surnames among Xhosa people. Each Xhosa person can trace their family history back to a specific male ancestor or stock. Mentioning the clan name of someone you wish to thank is the highest form of respect, and it is considered polite to enquire after someone’s clan name when you meet them. The clan name is also sometimes used as an exclamation by members of that clan.
When a woman marries she may take her husband’s surname, but she always keeps her own clan name, adding the prefix Ma- to it. A man and a woman who have the same clan name may not marry, as they are considered to be related. “
This blog FUBUSTYLE also gives a beautiful summary and a list of the popular izithakazelo… so check it out and while you think of who you are, I’ll go first….
NdinguNxuba, uRhudulu, Uwashoto, umhlanganenkwene, Ungcengane, us’dumo mhla kukubi, umntu womlambo!
Wena ungubani? O Mang?
And on the subject of people knowing who they are….
I died at this picture taken at Fezile Makhanya’s wedding. Who knew men could look so hot in their traditional gear? Ameni.