"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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Hlati, their slayer, entered and gave each a long draught of the strongest beer, an
inadequate anaesthetic It was the killer's business to break up and kill the victims
without breaking the skin. Presently a party of men shorn of all ornaments ...
There would be all the meat and food they could eat, plenty of beer, dancing and
singing, and, finally, a review of the captured cattle. Temporary shelters (
amadlangala) had been built within a radius of two miles of the Royal kraal; the
Then Shaka sent for beer and, drinking only a little, he passed it on to Nqoboka,
saying : 'We need but little. It is Mgobozi's night.' 'Nobela prophesied my end,'
cheerfully chattered the irrepressible Mgobozi, 'and she knew a thing or two.
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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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