The Xhosa cattle killing and the politics of memory

  title={The Xhosa cattle killing and the politics of memory},
  author={Adam Ashforth},
  journal={Sociological Forum},
  • Adam Ashforth
  • Published 1 September 1991
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Forum
Nongawuse was a young Xhosa girl who in 1856 had a vision in which a "new people" from overseas announced to her that the ancestors were preparing themselves to return to life with new cattle. In order to prepare for their arrival, Nongqawuse was told, all the Xhosa must burn their crops and slaughter their cattle. Despite reluctance in some quarters, and initial disappointments when the ancestors failed to arrive by the prescribed date, most Xhosas did destroy their livelihood. The ancestors… Expand
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