How Do You Spell TUTSI?

Pronunciation: [tˈʌtsi] (IPA)

The spelling of the word "Tutsi" is derived from the Kinyarwanda language spoken in Rwanda. Its phonetic transcription in IPA is [tuːtsi]. The first syllable is pronounced with a long "u" sound, represented by the symbol /uː/. The second syllable starts with a voiceless dental fricative, represented by the symbol /t/, followed by the vowel sound /u/ and the voiceless post-alveolar fricative /ʃ/. The spelling of Tutsi has occasionally been spelled as Tussi or Tousi.

TUTSI Meaning and Definition

  1. Tutsi is an ethnic group in East Africa, primarily found in Rwanda, Burundi, and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The term "Tutsi" refers to both the ethnic group and their cultural identity. They are historically distinguished from the Hutu ethnic group based on socio-economic traits, occupation, and perceived physical characteristics.

    The Tutsi people have often been described as a cattle-owning aristocracy and traditionally engaged in cattle herding. Historically, they held privileged positions within the pre-colonial kingdoms and chiefdoms of the region. They were considered a distinct social class, often associated with being taller, with more prominent facial features and narrower noses compared to the Hutu population.

    In Rwanda, the distinction between Tutsis and Hutus became further exacerbated during the colonial period when Belgian colonizers issued identification cards classifying individuals based on their ethnic background, thus institutionalizing ethnic division.

    Regrettably, in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, Tutsis were systematically targeted by extremist Hutu militias, leading to the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. The conflict had deep-rooted historical, social, and political causes, further complicated by colonial manipulation and divisive policies.

    Today, efforts towards reconciliation and unity are ongoing in Rwanda, with the government promoting a shared national identity rather than emphasizing ethnic divisions.

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Etymology of TUTSI

The word "Tutsi" is believed to have originated from the Tutsi people themselves. The exact etymology of the word is not entirely clear, but there are a few theories.

One theory suggests that "Tutsi" derived from the Kinyarwanda word "tutsa" which means "to guard" or "to sort out". This theory suggests that the Tutsi people were traditionally associated with cattle-rearing and were known for skills in herding and protecting livestock.

Another theory proposes that "Tutsi" comes from the word "Ututsi" in the ancient Bantu language, which means "rich" or "noble". This theory suggests that the term was used by the Tutsi people themselves to distinguish their social and hierarchical status from other ethnic groups in the region.

Plural form of TUTSI is TUTSIS


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