"Tixo alone knows where we shall go"

A sangoma throws the bones
Public DomainA sangoma throws the bones
In the Xhosa culture, the Supreme Being is called uThixo or uQamata.

Zulu religion includes belief in a creator God, Unkulunkulu, but he is above interacting in day-to-day human affairs.  The more strongly held traditional Zulu belief is in ancestor spirits, Amatongo or Amadhlozi, who have the power to intervene in people's lives, for good or ill.

Kumalo is a Zulu, and would be unlikely to call on the Xhosa god.  Paton acknowledges that he used poetic license in this regard: ‘I rejected the Zulu word for Great Spirit as too long and difficult.’