Tembu - Encyclopedia




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TEMBU (Ama-Tembu), popularly called Tambookies; one of the most powerful of Kaffir tribes, who have given their name to Tembuland, a division of Cape Colony which lies south-west of Griqualand East. In Kaffir genealogy they hold an honourable position, being traditionally descended from Tembu, elder brother of Xosa, from whom most "Kaffirs" claim descent (see KAFFIRS)

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