"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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In the open courtyard in front of this hut he beheld the squatting figure of a man of
consequence - he wore the head-ring of a benedict - whom he at once
recognized as the kraal-head. With upraised hand Shaka politely saluted him
with the ...
After some twenty head of cattle had been killed for the victors and the
vanquished, Dingiswayo told Buza, the commander of the Izi-cwe regiment, to
present Shaka to him. He had already had a very favourable report on his first
battle, and was ...
On the second day Shaka issued a proclamation that all the veteran warriors who
had proved their worth were to be granted the right to put on the head-ring, or, in
other words, received permission to marry, the 'lobola' or dowry of cattle for ...
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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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