"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 amadlozi (ancestral spirits) have given me a clear vision, and I can see you
as a mighty tree which, with its branches, will cover the whole country which we
know, and many moons' journey beyond. Your name will sabcka (frighten with ...
'Behold the fig tree, my Lord. It grows speedily, and with its young, massive body
and mighty branches it gives shade and security to many people and cattle; but
then the branches continue to grow till they are a burden to the trunk, and there ...
At the new Bulawayo Shaka's court was held under a huge, spreading fig tree
situated in the five-acre yard in front of his Great Council hut. Immediately below
this yard was the great inner enclosure, or cattle-kraal, of the new capital, which ...
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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
Zululand and the Zulus in the late Eighteenth Century
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