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Thread #79655   Message #2033317
Posted By: Azizi
23-Apr-07 - 08:21 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bantu Original Words to 'Somagwaza'
Sorry, I wrote my last posting hastily as I should have been preparing to get to work on time and I'm already late and I'll work later because of that. But I need to at least correct this sentence:

"From the standpoint of a Xhosa {with recognition of the fact that you no more speak for all Xhosas than I speak for all African Americans}, would you please clarify whether you consider accurate or inaccurate the information presented in my posts of 28 Mar 05 - 11:47 AM about the terms used in the book "Muntu, The New African Culture" {Janheinz Jahn,New York, Grove Press, 1968; originally published in German in 1958} and 29 Mar 05 - 12:24 AM [about the 1933 book "The Myths & Legends of the Bantu" by Alice Werner]?"

If I understood your comment correctly, 'abantu' means the same as the words "human beings". If that is so, it's inaccurate to use the word "Bantu" to refer to specific ethnic groups of human beings from Central and Southern Africa and not to other human beings. Is that what you were saying? If so, what group referent would you suggest using as a catch all referent for groups of people [and for languages] that are now referred to as "Bantu"?