(urth) The hut in the jungle

Duncan Truter dtruter at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 16:23:10 PST 2007

Sorry for the horrible text-mangling. I get this as a digest every day.

>From what little I know about The Tokolosh (plural), they're not large
or alzabo-ish. You have to put your bed on bricks, to prevent them
stealing you away in the night. The description I got when I grew up
in South Africa
 (not looking at wikipedia here!) is that they're "little men".
They're not part of my culture though, so I don't know too much about
them. I'm South African of european descent.

Looking at links here, I see:
http://www.vanhunks.com/tokoloshe1.html <-- I don't think zombies are
part of any south african culture here, from what I know. This link
may have inaccurate information.
reading further: it definitely does. "Belief in the tokoloshe has
spread to all races, nations and cultures in Southern Africa. ". I
don't know what to say here at all, I'm shocked. :D

I think the article is still worth reading though.

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> Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 19:30:05 -0500
> From: Dave Lebling <dlebling at hyraxes.com>
> Subject: Re: (urth) The hut in the jungle
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> Doesn't Isangoma refer to Sev and Agia as "tokoloshe"? That's a Zulu
> word for a kind of "bear-like humanoid being," according to Wikipedia:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tikoloshe
> That phrase would also be a good description of an alzabo...
> -- Dave Lebling (aka Vizcacha)
> Duncan Truter wrote:
> > Just a heads-up:
> >
> > In South Africa, a Sangoma is a Witch Doctor. Shaman implies
> > non-african, to me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangoma
> >
> > I should have mentioned that a while back. This may cast some light on
> > things. Also: I don't have the book on me (lent it to a friend, who I
> > won't see for years due to different countries) so I can't re-read
> > that passage at the moment.
> >
> > Duncan

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