Oct 12


by in History & Memories

When the Shembe church split over a succession battle in the late 1970s, Ebuhleni, a flat hilltop area near the Mzinyathi waterfall, was established by Amos Shembe as headquarters for what is now the church’s majority faction.

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3 Responses to “Ebuhleni”

  1. From Hennie van Deventer:

    WShat does the word “Ebuhleni” mean. Iwould realy like to know the actual meaning

    Posted on October 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm #
  2. From Student Editor:

    The word ‘ebuhleni’ translate ‘place of beauty’

    Posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:08 am #


  1. The trail of three dreamers: the Inanda Heritage Route | Picking Up The Tabb - August 29, 2017

    […] Shembe’s church has continued to grow in membership since his death in 1935, now incorporating millions of followers. Much of its appeal comes from his syncretic abilities, transforming the Zulu art of praise poetry into a powerful set of hymns. His hymnal, primarily composed between 1910 and 1940, may have been the first book ever published in the Zulu language. Today, one may see the “Nazaretha” described as an “African Initiated Church,” reflecting that its practices were defined by Africans for Africans. In 1976, the church suffered a schism, resulting in a new settlement being created a short drive to the west in Ebuhleni. […]

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