Prof Phakeng Drops Some History About Traditional Bridal Wear and Origins of the Word “Makoti”, SA Debates

Prof Phakeng Drops Some History About Traditional Bridal Wear and Origins of the Word “Makoti”, SA Debates

  • The minds of many Saffas were blown by Prof. Phakeng's take on the origins of the Southern African word used to refer to brides and their traditional attire
  • The professor posted her findings on the age-old tradition on Twitter and caused a heated debate
  • Peeps started comparing cultures, while others even refuted claims that the word "makoti" is African

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Professor Phakeng shared some research findings on Twitter about where the word used to refer to new brides and the attire they wear - "makoti" - came from. Tweeps were blown away by the professor's results.

The professor further stated that:

"It is alleged that the name 'makoti' came from 'Maak ons tee/make us tea'."

This started a discussion among peeps about the different tribes in the country and their word for new brides.

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Traditional bridal wear and the origins of the word "makoti" were debated as Professor Phakeng shared its origins. Image: @FabAcademic/Twitter, Getty Images
Source: Twitter

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Peeps on Twitter disputed the fact that the word "makoti" is African at all while others claimed that it was a Zulu word.

The professor got a lesson from @bullpencigar1 who said:

"That’s not true let me teach you all makoti means a bride; a newly-wed woman, daughter-in-law. Used by a woman's husband's family to refer to her if your new to that family uyakotiza."

@lerato_saul made a comparison that led him to ask:

@MakhosiMnguni1 expanded on Phakeng's insight:

"I agree Prof. There are different names for brides in our languages, which are original. Malukatana in Swati. This Makoti is foreign."

Sharing about the Xhosa culture, @milisi_busisiwe said:

@NtokozoMagubane said:

"Are you referring to us the Zulus or you generalizing just to spite us? Funny how intrigued you are to know the roots of our words, let me hear what you have to say about this one "sphukuphuku"."

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Another professor proved that education is not all boring as Briefly News reported that qualified Chartered Accountant and Associate Professor, Mbali Enhle, has Mzansi mesmerised after sharing pictures of her exquisite Zulu wedding. Her followers can't get enough of this traditional bride and the post is receiving major attention on social media.

Mbali captioned the post in the most simple yet elegant way:

"A Zulu bride."

Enough said. Take a look at the post for yourself:

Currently, the post has over 7 000 likes and close to 400 retweets. The comments are mostly complimentary but some people used it as an opportunity to throw shade.

Source: Briefly News

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