Indaba, My Children

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Payback Press, 1998 - Bantu-speaking peoples - 696 pages
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As a young man, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, a Zulu from the South African province of Natal, was determined to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and become a tribal historian in order to keep the rich oral tradition of his culture alive. In this book, begun in response to the injustices against Africans and their culture, he sets these legends down in writing. He begins with the creation myth, when Ninavanhu-Ma, the Great Mother, created the human race. From there, an epic unfolds, an intricate and vivid cultural tapestry populated by gods and mortals, cattle herders and supreme kings, witch doctors, lovers, grave diggers, warriors, and handmaidens. The story continues all the way up to the colonial era, when a Portuguese Kapitanoh and his crew arrive on the African shore. Indaba, My Children is a classic and indispensable resource for anyone interested in the cultural life of Africa and the human experience as it is filtered into myth.

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User Review  - Amy Nicolai - Goodreads

Indispensable to the understanding of the Zulu culture. Well written and fascinating. I've read it several times and have a first edition copy in a place of honor on my bookshelves. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Credo Mutwa was born in 1922 in Natal, the grandson of Ziko Shezi, a Bantu witchdoctor who was the guardian of his tribe's history. In 1963, Mutwa himself was officially proclaimed High Witchdoctor but the following year he broke his sacred oath of secrecy by writing Indaba, My Children. The book was both a commercial and critical success (it has sold over 250,000 copies in South Africa alone) and Credo Mutwa has gone on to write a number of other works as well as pursuing his talents as a painter and sculptor. He currently lives at the Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape where he has founded a traditional healing centre.

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