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Swazis are said to belong to the Nguni people who lived in central Africa and migrated to southern Africa They speak the Siswati language a language earlier spoken by the Nguni group of the Bantu family They seem to have settle in Swaziland around five hundred years ago They were then ruled by the British from the mid 19th century to mid 20th century Swaziland is a monarchy and is ruled by King Mswati III The social organization in the Swazis is like any other African tribe The homestead is the economic and domestic unit of the family It is headed by the Umnumza or headman who is in charge of the family which includes his wives and children Sons will bring there wives to the homestead and setup home within it while the daughters move to their in-laws The occupants who reside in the homestead can also be distant relatives or non dependents Therefore the number of people for whom the headman is responsible economically legally and by ritual may vary according his status and wealth A wealthy headman may have many wives therefore he has a large number of people he is responsible for The headman usually would subdivide the large homestead in order to gain access to larger tracts of cultivable land or divide quarrelsome wives The homestead is planned according to the relationships between its inhabitants Usually in the center of the homestead is the cattle pen and grain storage units which are underground flask shaped pits Women are not allowed access to theses places The living quarters are grouped in a semicircle with the indlunkuku great hut which is home to the most important woman in the homestead the mother of the headman If she
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