"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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CHAPTER l6 The trial of Ntombazi When Shaka arrived at Zwide's kraal he
ordered that a live hyaena be caught and brought to him uninjured. Zwide had
escaped but Ntombazi had been kept captive in her great hut, in which she kept
Animated by a sudden hope Ntombazi threw the first piece of meat to the hyaena,
which it voraciously snapped up, with a metallic clicking of the jaws which made
Ntombazi shudder. When she tried to repeat the manoeuvre the guard ...
Demented with fear, and paroxysms of rage, Ntombazi decided to end everything
by hurling herself at the unseen monster with which she was caged. With shrieks
of laughter she rushed at it in the dark, but with its stomach partly filled with ...
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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
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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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