The Zulu: An A-Z of Culture and Traditions by Ulrich von Kapff

The Zulu: An A-Z of Culture and Traditions

byUlrich von Kapff

Kobo ebook | July 20, 2012

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In a single decade, between 1818 and 1828, Shaka transformed a modest chieftaincy into one of the most powerful kingdoms in southern Africa. His empire, whose heartland lay to the north of the Thukela River in present-day KwaZulu-Natal, was renowned for its military might and expansionist drive. But the sovereignty of the Zulu was short-lived, their realm crushed in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, at the battles of Rorke’s Drift and Ulundi, despite trouncing the British at Isandlwana. Although the mighty empire is long gone, many of the traditions and customs have survived. The Zulu – An A–Z of Culture and Traditions is packed with information about this heritage, covering more than 50 topics that include beadwork, pottery, carvings and basket weaving; ceremonial dances and stick fighting; rituals of courtship and marriage; Zulu dress; traditional homesteads and cattle kraals; ancestor worship; the role of sangomas and inyangas; and a variety of celebrations and ceremonial practices. This book is the perfect memento for anyone fascinated by the history and culture of South Africa’s largest ethnic society. Uli von Kapff moved to South Africa in 1989, initially settling in KwaZulu-Natal. His knowledge of the Zulu shines through in this book, giving the reader a rich insight into the culture and traditions of the country’s largest indigenous group. He lives in Cape Town, where he works in the IT support industry and undertakes expeditions in southern Africa.

Title:The Zulu: An A-Z of Culture and TraditionsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 20, 2012Publisher:Random House StruikLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1920545433

ISBN - 13:9781920545437