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Tuesday, 09 June 2020 20:07


Author: Muzi Matfunjwa (SADiLaR Siswati Researcher)

This blog highlights the importance and functions of clan praises among Swati communities and what they entail. In Swati culture, every clan name/ surname has a clan praise. The clan praises are part of Swati culture and historical norms. Thwala (2018:1) reaffirms that clan praises are predominantly used in all fields of social discourse in Swati communities. The praises depict the history of the people, related surnames, clan heroes, and clan totems. These clan praises are mainly used in formal greetings between people who know each other, in thanksgivings, in making requests, when consulting ancestors and when one seeks permission to enter in a particular homestead.

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