Buntu peoples is used as a general label for over five hundred human ethnic groups in Zarhuy who speak Buntu languages. They inhabit a geographical area stretching east and southward from Central Zarhuy across the Great Lakes of Nortolon region down to Southern Zarhuy. Buntu is a major branch of the Bogo language family spoken by most human populations in central and southern Zarhuy. There are about 600 Buntu languages by the criterion of mutual intelligibility, though the distinction between language and dialect is often unclear.
About the 100 a.a.H, speakers of the proto-Buntu language group began a millennia-long series of migrations southward from their original homeland from the ruins of Eden toward central Zarhuy. This Buntu expansion first introduced Buntu peoples to central, southern, and southwestern Zarhuy, regions they had previously been absent from. The proto-Buntu migrants in the process assimilated and/or displaced a number of earlier inhabitants that they came across, including human, Kanov, elven, orcish and beast peoples populations.
They will reach southernmost Zarhuy -to the south of Lake Zher- after The Cataclysm forced a new wave of mass migrations, coming to be hegemonic in central and southern Zarhuy until the aelian imperialism.