As the story goes, Shaka was born around the year 1787, the son of Senzangakhona, who at that time reigned over the tiny chiefdom known as the Zulu. » The Story is told based in the writings of Edward Fox's character, an adventurer named Francis George Farewell. Your support will help us to build and maintain partnerships with educational institutions in order to strengthen teaching, research and free access to our content. He killed his half-brother and installed himself as king. Military success came quickly to Shaka as he was outstanding in organizing his army.
Although almost 20,000 rounds of ammunition were fired by the defenders, just under 400 Zulus were killed at Rorke's Drift. It was 80 km further south of his previous royal residence kwaBulawayo, on the site of the present day town of Stanger. A Great Warrior Shaka and his mother became part of the clan of a powerful chief named Dingiswayo where Shaka trained as a warrior. He is the great hubbub like the rocks of Nkandla Where elephants take shelter When the heavens frown. Once it was discovered that Nandi was pregnant, a messenger was dispatched, bearing a formal indictment against the young Zulu chief. Anyone with an open mind who has traveled and been with multiple cultures as I have knows that there are no bad races, no bad religious choices, no bad countries, and no bad genders.
As a child, Shaka herded sheep for his father. Sketch of King Shaka 1781 — 1828 from 1824. In the film, Witt is depicted as a middle-aged widower, a pacifist and drunkard, who has an adult daughter called Margareta. This was clearly something that the troops silently resented, because after Dingane had murdered Shaka and installed himself as king, he allowed them to marry and have families, as a way of buying their loyalty — and it worked. After a first expedition had been defeated by the superior control and strategies of the Zulu at Gqokoli Hill, Zwide, in April 1818, sent all his army into Zululand.
In the meantime, his fellow villagers were treated with kindness and compassion from the enemy. Shaka's first target was the Elangeni tribe that had rejected him and his mother when he was young: they were invaded and conquered, and those who had belittled Shaka and Nandi were executed. King Dingiswayo also appointed Shaka as his commander in chief and maneuvered a reconciliation with his estranged father, Senzangakhona, who promised to make Shaka his heir. Shaka Zulu doesn't sugarcoat his personality, but it also doesn't set him up as a one-dimensional tyrant; in particular, Shaka's complicated relationship with his mother Nandi gives an essential humanizing touch to the character. This made them fight all the harder. Because of his intelligence, drive and unconquerable spirit, 16-year-old Shaka became the senior herd boy.
They had only recently entered what is now South Africa. Bryant gives us a more Zulu-centred picture. But we requested permission for the Zulu extras who participated to see the film, and so a few special screenings were organised in Durban and some smaller KwaZulu towns. At the height of the Zulu Empire, Shaka commanded more than 100,000 people with a standing army of 40,000 men. He placed one of his sons, Nomahlanjana, in command of 10,000 warriors and sent them marching on the Zulu capital. The regimental system clearly built on existing tribal cultural elements that could be adapted and shaped to fit an expansionist agenda. The screenplay is by and Endfield, based on an article by Prebble, a historical writer.
To Shaka, this only allowed the opponent to pick up your thrown assegai and throw it back at you. How did he rise to power, and why did he fall? A New Way to Battle with a New Weapon Shaka decided to change the way battles were fought. This was meant to release sexual tension between young people, and prevent pregnancies from happening. Phongola is near the present day border of , a province in South Africa. More than 3,000 fresh enemy warriors threw themselves against the last remaining Zulu formation.
This further angered Senzangakona resulting in him banning Nandi and her son from the tribe. What the Shaka flashbacks achieve, quite effectively, is to paint a portrait of the Zulu leader as a complex and often conflicted figure. Being an illegitimate child certainly was not an easy thing to go through around the Nguni tribes, and during most of the childhood days, Shaka was bullied everywhere he went. Shaka and his Izi-cwe regiment raced to cut off the allied warriors, wheeled and struck them head-on with a furious attack. It seems to show one race as totally inept, immoral, stupid and without any abilities to be strong or not be cowards.
This was just one among a number of small-scale states and chiefdoms in this part of the Nguni southern Bantu world. According to Donald Morris, Shaka ordered that no crops should be planted during the following year of mourning, no milk the basis of the Zulu diet at the time was to be used, and any woman who became pregnant was to be killed along with her husband. He was admonished by his father and Nandi defended him. Senzangakona the young chief of the Zulu tribe came upon Nandi who was a member of the Elangeni tribe, a sub clan of the Qwabe tribe, whilst she was bathing in a river pool. Few kings or dictators, before or since, have treated their subjects with such ruthlessness and ferocity. Generally, in any scene shot from the soldiers' left, the rifles being used are Enfields; in any scene shot from the right, Martini-Henrys.
The initial problem Dingane faced was maintaining the loyalty of the Zulu fighting regiments, or amabutho. Dingane took over as chief. Only two lines of Zulus now remained on the hill, a mere 600 men, many of them wounded. He's an innovator and a leader. Mkabi was related to Nandi.