Xhosa: Theme 4 - Question words, Quantities, Weather and Time

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Time in the olden times was measured by the sun (ilanga). The Xhosa people observed the natural cycles of changes of the day and events which accompanied these changes. For example, the early dawn was described by the names of the stars which appeared at dawn. Morning again was marked by the activities of the day. For example, mid-morning (intlazane) was marked by the return of the cattle from the fields for milking. The position of the sun played an important factor in naming time as well; e.g. noon was termed emini emaqanda, which means that the eggs would have been laid. This traditional concept of African time was changed by the Western concept of clock time.