Emperor Shaka the Great: A Zulu Epic
Emperor Shaka the Great is an epic poem based on the Zulu oral tradition, compiled in Zulu then translated by South African Poet Mazisi Kunene. The epic follows the life of Shaka Zulu. The poem documents his exploits as a king of the Zulu people, produced considerable advances in State structure and military technologies of the Zulu. Some critics express concern over the historicity of the retelling. However, Kunene's embrasure of an African perspective on Shaka's Rule expresses an attempt at understanding the apparent horrors observed by Europeans in the Shaka's history.
The worst time of exile
Mthethwa Kingdom and the rise
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Ancestors ancient anger Assembly battle began brother Bulawayo cattle clan command councillors courage crowds dance death Dingiswayo dream Dukuza eager earth enemy epic eternal eyes father fear feast fierce fight followed Forefathers ground heard heart heroes Hlubis honour Jama killed king king's knew land Langa laughed listened live lord Malandela Matiwane Mazisi Kunene Mbikwane Mbopha Mdlaka messenger Mgobhozi mind Mngeni river Moshoeshoe mountains mourning Mpondo Mthethwa Mzilikazi Nandi Ndaba Ndwandwe never Nguniland night Nomchoba numbers pain Palm Race peace Phungashe poems of excellence poet praise Prince Dingane Princess Mkhabayi regiments regions river royal city ruler sang secret seized Senzangakhona shadows Shaka shouted sing Sithayi songs Soshangane Sotho speak spear spirit spoke stabbed Strangers strategy tell terror Thembus thoughts truth voice weapons whole women words young Zihlandlo Zulu army Zulu nation Zululand Zwangendaba Zwide Zwide's army ΙΟ