ISBN 9781920397340
Pages 334
Dimensions 235 x 191
Published 2012
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Jabulani Means Rejoice

A Dictionary of South African Names

by Phumzile Simelane Kalumba

Jabulani Means Rejoice is a dictionary comprised of hundreds of African names in local South African languages, meticulously assembled and expounded upon for the curious reader. Names are listed in alphabetical order with gender indications, as well as information regarding their ethnographic origins and meanings. Yet, Jabulani Means Rejoice is so much more than simply a list of names and their meanings. The author skilfully interweaves cultural context and history, including issues surrounding naming rituals, domestic disputes and the curse of the evil eye. As a reference work, the book stands as an invaluable contribution to the growing interest in African cultural history. With its names ranging from the traditional to the unconventional, it will appeal to linguists, family historians and anyone with an interest in names.

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About the Author

Phumzile Simelane Kalumba

Born in Mpumalanga, Phumzile Simelane Kalumba, graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1998 with a BCom degree. She lived in the North East of England with her family for 7 years. Whilst there, she developed interest in South African Bantu names. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in the Department of Xhosa,at the University of the Western Cape with special interest in onomastics, which is part of African folklore.

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