"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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accept the suzerainty of Dingiswayo and to pay a moderate fine in cattle. In the
short encounter some fifty Butelezis were slain, including Bakuza, son of
Senzangakona and his tenth wife, Sondaba, and therefore Shaka's half-brother.
In order to grasp this it is necessary to illustrate the average Zulu's powers of
memory when applied to cattle. The Royal herdsmen of the Zulu kings had as
many as 5000* head of cattle in one herd. They did not count them for the simple
The huge cattle-kraal in the heart of the town might have been thought to be
insanitary, but was nothing of the kind. With cattle feeding solely on grass, the
dung is merely a pulp which is practically odourless and soon dries out, and a ...
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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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