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The South-Eastern Bantu
Abe-Nguni, Aba-Mbo, Ama-Lala


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Anthropology

  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108066822
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  • Son of Tiyo Soga, the first black South African to be ordained, John Henderson Soga (1860–1941) was a Xhosa minister and scholar. Like his father, he was one of the first of his people to receive an education in Europe and to marry a European woman. His perspective on his people's history is therefore distinctive. Driven by a desire to record Xhosa traditions before they were lost in a changing world, Soga collected oral histories during his work at mission stations in South Africa, producing this historical survey of three branches of the Bantu family. Including genealogies of the main tribes, and tracing their traditions, beliefs and conflicts, the work first appeared in this English version in 1930, having been translated by the author from his native language. His equally authoritative work of social anthropology, The Ama-Xosa: Life and Customs (1932), is also reissued in this series.

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    18th Sep 2014 by Same

    This is a very rare and informative book. Most history about Bantu origins have been lost. I was delighted that Cambridge reprinted this book.

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    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108066822
    • length: 558 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 map 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's introduction
    Biographical note on the author
    1. Who are the Bantu
    2. Arabs and Portuguese
    3. First contact of Portuguese with Makalanga
    4. Gradual spread of Bantu tribes
    5. Migration of Bantu tribes from the north
    6. Ama-Zimba and Aba-Mbo
    7. Tribal and clan names
    8. Correlation of Bantu tribes
    9. Abe-Nguni, significance of the term
    10. Togu's reign
    11. Palo, his character
    12. State of hostility between Rarabe and Gcaleka
    13. Gcaleka succeeds Palo
    14. Hintsa, sixth Kafir war starts near Fish river
    15. A friend of the Bantu
    16. Kreli (Sarili)
    17. The Abe-Nguni of Nyasaland
    18. Aba-Mbo, second branch of eastern Bantu
    19. The Pondomise
    20. Ama-Bomvana
    21. The Ama-Lala
    22. Tshaka, his childhood
    23. Kills his mother, Nandi
    24. The Aba-Tembu.

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