The ancient pre-colonial Zulus believed that in the beginning only darkness and one large seed were on the earth. Then, the seed sank into the earth and formed long reeds, called Uthlanga. One reed grew into Unkulunkulu, the first man, and creator of all things.
Different things like men, women, and animals, started growing on the reeds. Unkulunkulu broke them off and taught men and women how to create clothes, make fire, and hunt.