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Swati warriors at incwala
Total population
c. 2,389,143
Regions with significant populations
Swazi people Eswatini1,185,000
Swazi people South Africa1,297,046
Swazi people Mozambique30,000
Siswati, English
Christianity (Zionist Churches, Catholic), Swazi religion
Related ethnic groups
Xhosa, Hlubi, Zulu, Ndebele, Sotho, Tsonga. Pedi, Phuthi people
Swati (Swazi)

The Swazi or Swati (Swati: Emaswati, singular Liswati) are a Bantu ethnic group native to Southern Africa, inhabiting Eswatini, a sovereign kingdom in Southern Africa, and South Africa's Mpumalanga province. EmaSwati are part of the Nguni-language speaking peoples whose origins can be traced through archaeology to East Africa where similar traditions, beliefs and cultural practices are found.

The Swati people and the Kingdom of Eswatini today are named after Mswati II, who became king in 1839 after the death of his father King Sobhuza who strategically defeated the British who occupied Eswatini. Eswatini was a region first occupied by the San people and the current Swazis migrated from north East Africa through to Mozambique and eventually settled in Eswatini in the 15th century. Their royal lineage can be traced to a chief named Dlamini I; this is still the royal clan name. About three-quarters of the clan groups are Nguni; the remainder are Sotho, Tsonga, others North East African and San descendants. These groups have intermarried freely. Swazi identity extends to all those with allegiance to the twin monarchs Ingwenyama "the Lion" (the king) and Indlovukati "the She-Elephant" (the queen mother). The dominant Swati language and culture are factors that unify Swazis as a nation.

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Swazi people

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The Swazi or Swati (Swati: Emaswati, singular Liswati) are a Bantu ethnic group native to Southern Africa, inhabiting Eswatini, a sovereign kingdom in...

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Swazi may refer to: Swazi people, a people of southeastern Africa Swazi language Eswatini (former name Swaziland), or a citizen thereof This disambiguation...

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Swazi language

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Swazi or siSwati is a Bantu language of the Nguni group spoken in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and South Africa by the Swati people. The number of speakers...

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Culture of Eswatini

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Swazi culture is the way of life and customs of the Swazi people through various historical stages. The culture of Swazi people involves music, food,...

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History of Eswatini

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century and people speaking languages ancestral to current Sotho and Nguni languages began settling no later than the 11th century. The Swazi settlers,...

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Swazi lilangeni

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ancestors of the Swazi people who migrated to Swaziland in the 18th–19th centuries. The currency's name derives from emaLangeni ("people from the Sun")...

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List of monarchs of Eswatini

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Succession to the Swazi throne List of prime ministers of Eswatini Kuper, Hilda (1980). An African Aristocracy: Rank Among the Swazi. Africana Pub. ISBN 0841905819...

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Mgwagwa Gamedze

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Mgwagwa Gamedze is a statesman from Eswatini who served as acting Prime Minister of Eswatini from 28 September 2023 to 4 November 2023. He was succeeded...

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Eswatini (/ˌɛswɑːˈtiːni/ ESS-wah-TEE-nee; Swazi: eSwatini [ɛswáˈtʼiːni]), officially the Kingdom of Eswatini and also known by its former official name...

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Sibonelo Mngometulu

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financial assistance to people living in poverty and pays for orphaned children to receive an education. She is also the director of the Swazi Royal Initiative...

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Phuthi people

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is the 5th chief in succession. Phuthi people are the descendants of Swazi, Sotho, eastern San and Xhosa people who lived in the areas where these ethnicities...

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Sobhuza II

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Sobhuza II, KBE (Swazi: [sɔbʱuzʱa]; also known as Nkhotfotjeni, Mona; 22 July 1899 – 21 August 1982), was Ngwenyama (King) of Swaziland (now Eswatini)...

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Sean Levey

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(now Eswatini) to an Irish father, jockey and trainer Mick Levey, and a Swazi mother, Tini. In 2001 the family moved to County Tipperary, Ireland, where...

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Succession to the Swazi throne

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affects her child's chances of ascending to the status of king. According to Swazi culture, a son cannot be the heir if his mother is not of good standing...

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Mswati III

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Makhosetive; 19 April 1968) is Ngwenyama (King) of Eswatini and head of the Swazi royal family. He heads Africa’s last absolute monarchy, as he has veto power...

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Sororate marriage

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such as the Wuksachi or Waksachi. Sororate marriage is practiced by the Swazi people and for the same reasons as stated.[citation needed] This type of marriage...

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House of Dlamini

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I (also known as Matalatala), who is said to have migrated with the Swazi people from East Africa through Tanzania and Mozambique. Ngwane III, however...

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Mabandla Dlamini

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Prince Mabandla Ndawombili Fred Dlamini (born 11 November 1930) was Prime Minister of Swaziland from 23 November 1979 to 25 March 1983. Profile of Mabandla...

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Religion in Eswatini

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The Christianity followed by Swazi people incorporates rituals, singing, dancing and iconography of the traditional Swazi religion. According to Sibongile...

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Noma Dumezweni

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(24 January 2011). "Interview with Shakespearean Actress Noma Dumezweni". People With Voices. Retrieved 10 September 2022. Billington, Michael (21 April...

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Bheki Maphalala

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Swaziland. Retrieved 13 November 2015. Khoza, Bandile (19 June 2015). "Chief Justice Ramodibedi Fired". Swazi Observer. Retrieved 13 November 2015. v t e...

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Republic of Lydenburg

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Leo Lovell

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Leo Lovell was a politician from Swaziland and South Africa. Lovell was born in 1907, in Willowmore in Eastern Cape. He was a Jew. His education was focused...

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Guduza Dlamini

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Prince Guduza Dlamini is the Speaker of the House of Assembly of Swaziland from December 2006 to June 2013. He is a member of the House of Dlamini and...

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John Philip Carmichael

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John Philip Carmichael was politician, businessman and botanist from Swaziland. He was born on 1 August 1947. His forefathers settled to Swaziland from...

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David Thabo Simelane

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David Thabo Simelane (born 1956) is a Swazi serial killer sentenced to death for the murder of 28 women, but is suspected of murdering 45. Simelane left...

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Neal Rijkenberg

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February 2020, he cut the country's corporate tax rate from 27.5% to 12.5%. "Swazi Observer". "Forestry with heart". SA Forestry Online...

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Nguni cattle

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Nguni cattle were brought by ancestors of Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi people, etc.), during their postulated migration to the south of Africa. Nguni...

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Derek von Wissel

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Derek von Wissel is a politician and businessman from Swaziland. His family owned one of the largest retailers on Swaziland. He was the president of the...

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