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Nongqawuse – The Xhosa Cattle Killings of 1856-57

Nongqawuse (right) and Nonkosi - young Xhosa prophetess

Nongqawuse, (c.1841–c.1898), was a prophetess of the great Xhosa cattle-killing of 1856–1857. Nongqawuse was an orphan living with her uncle Mhlakaza at the Gxarha River in independent Xhosaland, close to the border of the recently colonized territory of British Kaffraria in South Africa. One day in April 1856, she informed ...

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