»An interesting and important work that focuses on local areas and agency rather than broad sweeping panoramas.«
»In this booklet Marieke Clarke has done much to show how place, history and biography inevitably entangle across Zimbabwe's wider landscapes, and not just at a few, monumentalised and highly celebrated sites, magnificent as they maybe.«
»This booklet is therefore perhaps the most important document yet published about the history of the hills. a valuable historical discussion of the changing religious and social importance of the area.«
Mambo Hills: Historical and Religious Significance considers the sacred site to the north-east of Bulawayo that is also known as Intaba zi ka Mambo or Manyanga. Officials of the Mwali Religion that is practised there took leading roles in the War of the Red Axe of 1896, which nearly ended British South Africa Company rule in Southern Rhodesia.
In this path-breaking study, Marieke Clarke draws on oral tradition as well as archival material to write the history, up to recent times, of this area that has importance across Zimbabwe.