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An assegai or assagai (from Berber as-zahayah, through Portuguese azagaia) is a weapon for throwing or hurling, a light spear or javelin made of wood and pointed with iron, particularly the spear used by the Zulu and other tribes tribes of southern Africa. In addition to the long-handled assegai there is a shorter weapon for use at close quarters. The Berbers (also called Imazighen, free men, singular Amazigh) are a predominantly Muslim ethnic group indigenous to the Maghreb, speaking the Berber languages of the Afroasiatic family. ... The bayonet, still used in war as both knife and spearpoint. ... The Zulu are an African ethnic group of about 11 million people who live mainly in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. ... A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ...


This article incorporates text from the public domain 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... The Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica (1911) in many ways represents the sum of knowledge at the beginning of the 20th century. ...


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Secrets of the Dead . Day of the Zulu | PBS (878 words)
The most devastating was the iklwa, or stabbing spear, which is said to be named for the sound it makes as it is drawn from a body.
According to legend, the iklwa was developed by Shaka, who wanted his warriors to engage their enemies at close range, and not simply toss their long spears from a distance, leaving them unarmed.
The iklwa had a long, wide flat blade, about 14 to 18 inches long, attached to a staff.
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