Ntare I Kivimira Savuyimba Semunganzashamba Rushatsi Cambarantama


Ntare I Kivimira Savuyimba Semunganzashamba Rushatsi Cambarantama

Ntare I Kivimira Savuyimba Semunganzashamba Rushatsi Cambarantama was the king of Burundi from 1680 to 1709. He was a legendary descendant of the Ntwero family, and was probably the first king of Burundi.

There are two main founding legends for Burundi. Both suggest that the nation was founded by a man named Cambarantama, but the legend most promoted today states that he was Rwandan. The other version, more common in pre-colonial Burundi, says that Cambarantama came from the southern state of Buha. The notion of Rwandan origins for the kingdom was promoted by the European colonizers for it fit their ideals of a ruling class coming to the area from the "Hamitic" northeast. The theory has continued to be the semi-official dogma of the modern Burundian state. Historians doubt the Hamitic origins of the Tutsis,[clarification needed][What does this mean, since there is no such thing as "Hamitic"?] but it is still believed that their ancestors migrated from the north to what is now Burundi in the 15th century.

Preceded by
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King of Burundi
1680–1709
Succeeded by
Mwezi III Ndagushimiye



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