Ubuntu is a term meaning “humanity”. It is sometimes translated as “I am because we are” (also “I am because you are”),or “humanity towards others”. In a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.
Although the most popular name referring to the philosophy today is Ubuntu (Zulu language, South Africa), it has several other names in other Bantu languages.
Ubuntu is often presented in short statements called maxims by Samkange (1980).
- Motho ke motho ka batho (Sotho/Tswana). A person is a person through other people.
- Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (Zulu). A person is a person through other people.
- Umntu ngumntu ngabantu (Xhosa). A person is a person through other people
- Munhu munhu nevanhu (Shona). A person through other people.
- Ndiri nekuti tiri (Shona). I am because we are.
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