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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

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

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Eswatini (/ˌɛswɑːˈtiːni/ ESS-wah-TEE-nee; Swazi: eSwatini [ɛswáˈtʼiːni]), officially the Kingdom of Eswatini and formerly named Swaziland (/ˈswɑːzilænd/...

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Thulani Maseko

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Thulani Rudolf Maseko (1 March 1970 – 21 January 2023) was a Swazi human rights lawyer who was imprisoned from 2014 to 2015, and declared a prisoner of...

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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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Mswati III

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Makhosetive; 19 April 1968) is the king (Swazi: Ngwenyama, Ingwenyama yemaSwati) of Eswatini and head of the Swazi royal family. He was born in Manzini in...

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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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List of monarchs of Eswatini

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to the Swazi throne List of prime ministers of Eswatini Lists of office-holders Kuper, Hilda (1980). An African Aristocracy: Rank Among the Swazi. Africana...

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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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Sobhuza II

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Sobhuza II, KBE (Swazi: [sɔbʱuzʱa]; also known as Nkhotfotjeni, Mona; 22 July 1899 – 21 August 1982) was the Paramount Chief and later Ngwenyama of Swaziland...

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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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Noma Dumezweni

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Hutchinson, Shaun. "Interview with Shakespearean Actress Noma Dumezweni". People With Voices. Retrieved 10 September 2022. Billington, Michael. "Little Eagles...

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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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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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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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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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Makhosini Dlamini

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Prince Makhosini Jaheso Dlamini (1914 – 28 April 1978) was Prime Minister of Eswatini from 16 May 1967 to 31 March 1976. Dlamini was also the country's...

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Sororate marriage

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Rachel and Leah in the Bible. 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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Mampuru II

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neighbouring Boer South African Republic (also known as the Transvaal) and the Swazi people in what became known as the Sekhukune War. The British Empire annexed...

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Dlamini III of Swaziland

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Sidvwaba Silutfuli)[citation needed] was a king or tiNgwenyama of the Swazi people who led them approximately between 1720 until 1744. He was the father...

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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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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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Mpande defied his brother, who demanded his support in a war against the Swazi people. Fearing he would be killed if he joined Dingane, Mpande instead led...

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LaYaka Ndwandwe

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This Swazi biographical article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it....

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Monarchies in Africa

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mid-eighteenth century. During that time period, chief Ngwane III of the Swazi people moved his tribe to their present location and united with other African...

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Nguni people

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Nguni people are a Bantu ethnic group from South Africa, with off-shoots in neighbouring countries in Southern Africa. Swazi (or Swati) people live in...

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Lindiwe Dlamini

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Lindiwe Dlamini (born 1965) is a politician from Eswatini who is serving as President of the Senate of Eswatini. She also served as Minister of Public...

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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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