ZULU WOMAN by Rebecca Hourwich Reyher


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A preface by Ruth Benedict adds some anthropological prestige to a book that is chiefly a personal story, in personal terms, of Christina Sibiya, first wife of-Solomon, King of the Zulus. Christian in her rearing, resenting her father's polygamy, Christina was reluctant to accept the courtship of King Solomon. And she had been married but two months and pregnant, when she found him launched on a path of debauchery, taking other wives and concubines, heading to dissolute ways and disease. From jealousy and humiliation she turned to indifference, eventually rebelling and finding freedom in divorce. This is intended as an exposure of ""what goes on in the heart and mind of a native woman"" -- but should not be judged on scientific grounds.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1948
Publisher: Columbia University Press