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... and one of their best craftsmen was Ngonyama (Lion), and to him Shaka went
with his problem. Ngonyama was both smelter and blacksmith and like all his
brotherhood he had his kraal in a wild and lonely part of the countryside.
Shaka remained during the two days required by Ngonyama's assistants to smelt
and beat out a clean bar of iron—using granite blocks as hammers, and a granite
anvil. Then he watched the master-smith continue the work of beating out the ...
... similar to those of King Arthur's sword “Excalibur'. Ngonyama, having produced
“IT', that is, the reputed human heart, liver and fats, began an incantation which
he kept up whilst the rough blade was heated at the forge just below red heat.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nwdavies - LibraryThing
A fascinating book about a fascinating man and culture. I was left with the feeling that, had Shaka been living in, say, Europe and been white he would have been heaped with long lasting praise as an ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
Originally written in 1955, I find this an excellent biography. Shaka began from a very low status position among his people and re-organized them into a very respectable, bronze or early Iron age ... Read full review