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Title:Clothing Dry Bones: The Myth of Shaka
Author:Worger, William
Periodical:Journal of African Studies (UCLA)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:traditional rulers
Zulu polity
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
About person:Shaka king of Zululand (ca. 1787-1828)ISNI
Abstract:This article attempts two tasks. One is a study of some of the main evidence relating to Shaka (founder of the Zulu state) presented in nineteenth-century European and African-derived sources; to see what it can tell about the first Zulu king and what it can suggetst about the motives of those who presented it. The second task is a study in the historical methodology of previous students of Shaka and the early Zulu state. The article does not attempt a wholesale reinterpretation of the career of Shaka in relation to the origins of the Zulu state and subsequent Southern African history. This study is a necessary first step prior to a much more comprehensive undertaking. Notes, fig.