"The classic of African History -- a biography of Shaka Zulu, founder of the Zulu nation, born leader and brilliant general...E.A. Ritter grew up with the Zulus, earning their respect and accumulating a rich store of material during his long association with them. Shaka's life and deeds had been handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation, and they are here evoked with a sense of drama and an eye for detail." -- Back cover.
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The third senior diviner threw the bones and indicated Nobela. With a scream of
rage and fear the latter denounced the throw as blatant trickery and gibbered
imprecations at the thrower until Shaka boomed out the single word 'BulongweJ'
Then, with Nobela's cry of 'Chant, ye people, chant,' there began that process of
terrorization which has been described in an earlier chapter. The familiar of the
witch-doctors was said to be a python and Nobela, as chief pythoness, had the ...
The pupils of Nobela's eyes had by now dilated to the full extent of the iris, which
made her look truly terrible. Only four of her assistants remained unskewered.
She leaned heavily on the two immediately beside her. Then she made her ...
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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
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