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He had, of course, held the annual little Umkosi, or first-fruits festival, as
otherwise no one would have been permitted to eat any of the products of
agriculture. The little Umkosi had been held as usual at the full moon about
Christmas (1818), ...
These were a factual recountal of all his deeds, and how he earned the praise
names 'Nodumehlezi' (Sitting Thunder) and 'Sigidi' (One Thousand—He who is
equal to 1000 warriors). At the new Bulawayo Shaka's court was held under a
The people gazed at him with fearful hope. His commanding figure seemed to be
magnified to majestic proportions in that weird and unreal light. In his right hand
he held the redshafted spear, and in his left the Royal stick. Then he spurted at ...
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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