The Adventures of Themba and Bizza 2: The enchanted country
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English
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36 pages
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After Themba takes Bizza 150 years back in time to prove the power of the Mthombothi beads, Bizza decides to find his own way home, not realising where he is. However, the pulsating world around him quickly absorbs him and soon he is in pursuit of a band of warriors and their captives. Themba fortunately finds Bizza and after some fearful encounters the two friends manage to make their way back home, unharmed. But Bizza’s pride is seriously dented.

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Date de parution 01 janvier 2003
Nombre de lectures 3
EAN13 9780620294843
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 125 Mo

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THE ADVENTURES OF
THEMBA and BIZZA
The enchanted country
Produced and published by Mthombothi Studios (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg, South Africa
Artwork, story and text: J. Delannoie
Printed by Atlas Printers
ISBN 978-978-0620294843
©Mthombothi Studios (Pty) Ltd, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2020
website: www.themba.net
mthom@themba.net
Copyright subsists in this work. No part of this work may be reproduced, transmitted,
published or adapted, by any means or in any form, without the prior written permission
of the copyright holder.BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Nomkhubulwana: (Zulu) Also referred to as the Princess of the sky, the Goddess of rain.
She is a goddess of fertility, anchored in the lives of young girls of
marriageable age. She is associated with their fears of remaining un-
married, and the daily struggle for suffcient food.
She is a virgin and has no children of her own. She is immortal and
eternally young.
It is claimed that she cannot be seen, although some people say they
have seen her, in various forms. Others say that only children and
maidens can see her.
Mist is a sign that she is present.
She is said to have the power to bring rain and relief to people in times
of drought, as well as relief and advice to children and marriageable
girls.
Nomdede ritual: This is an important ceremony in honour of Nomkhubulwana. She is
celebrated by marriageable girls so that things may go well for the
coming year. The festival takes place at approximately the time of the
frst planting, at the beginning of Spring.
Important features of this ritual are:
- The girls take on the male role of herding cattle. At the break of
dawn, the girls would enter their father’s cattle enclosure and drive
out two or three head of cattle (female only) to a secret grazing
ground, where the girls would take turns to herd the cattle and be
with Nomkhubulwana, their sister (who’s also of the same age group).
- The girls wear their lovers’, i.e. male, clothing.
- The girls secretly brew beer in advance, in preparation for the rite.
- They plant a sacred feld of mielies (maize) for Nomkhubulwana. This
crop must not be touched.
- They place pots of beer in the feld as a gift, or sprinkle the crop
with the beer, or drink some of it.
- They talk of lovers and marriage and sing Nomkhubulwana songs.
- They use obscene language, especially to people not involved with the
ritual.
Sources: - Professor Sihawukele E. Ngubane. IsiZulu Programme Director.
Faculty of Human Science, University of Natal
- ‘Nomkhubulwana: the Zulu Demeter’. Paper by Michael Lambert, University of Natal
- ‘Zulu thought patterns and symbolism’, by Axel-Ivar Berglund
David Philip, Cape Town and Johannesburg, 1989
Hurst & Company, London, 1989
2IF YOU CAN MAKE IT
SOWETO IS ROUGH THERE, YOU CAN MAKE
MFANAM, NO PLACE IT ANYWHERE.
WHAT DOES HE
FOR SISSIES...MEAN... THIS IS
THE BUSH, NOT
SOWETO?
LOOK AT
THIS PLACE!
ABSOLUTELY PEACEFUL.
DOGS!KE ENG
JWALE!?
YOH... JUMP
BIZZA.
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