The Xhosa (Xhosa: amaXhosa) are an ethnic group living in South Africa. About 22% of people in South Africa are Xhosa. The Xhosa language, called isiXhosa, is a Bantu language of the Nguni subgroup, like Zulus. The amaXhosa tribe consists of many different tribes within the culture of amaXhosa; such as amaBhaca and amaMpondo. The tribes are of different chiefs and kings and have no single ruler due to their diverse tribes which also practice cultural customs differently from tribe to tribe. The closer tribes consists of various clan names which have been in existence for centuries. The notable ones are, amaTshawe, amaCirha, amaQwathi, amaGcina, ooRhadebe, ooDlamini, ooJola, amaSukwini, to name a few.
|7.9 million (2001, est.)|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Eastern Cape: 15.4 million|
|Xhosa (many also speak Zulu, English, and/or Afrikaans)|
|African Traditional Religion, Christianity|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Nguni, Ndebele, swati, other Bantu people and South Africans|