I was born in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) and currently live in South Africa. From an early age, I seemed to have a knack for poetry. I have written a number of stories, poems, and several novels, ranging from fantasy to non fiction.
Mythical Creature of Sub-Saharan Africa:
This is a vast region that stretches from the Sahel, the interface between the Sahara Desert and the landscapes that border it, to the tropical rainforests of the Congo, and on to the semi-arid Kalahari and Karoo of the Cape Province in South Africa. It encompasses a complex mix of tribes and peoples, all descendants from ancient empires. The myriad of myths and legends would be far too vast to discuss all of them, so I have chosen a sample from each category, and geographical location.
Ancient Paths Revisited
INTRODUCTION: Are you interested in finding a faith to which you can identify? Are you disillusioned with the religions of the day? Or do you have a son or daughter who has expressed an interest in alternative belief systems, and wish for them to make an educated choice? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then the following article is for you.
Siyabonga Khumalo grew up in the Impendle township outside the city of Pietermaritzburg in what was then called Natal. Her mother raised her and her three siblings on her own. Their father left just after the birth of the youngest child to work on the goldmines of the Witwatersrand and never returned, although he did send his family a sum of 200 rand a month as maintenance.
The Valessian Crisis and its Elven Connection
It is my belief that many of the beings and races mentioned in myth and legend actually exist, or at least did exist at some time. Firstly this is because I view the tales and legends as having some thread of truth in them. This is especially true when the stories are surprisingly similar in numerous traditions that, at the time they were told, would have had no contact with one another, given the distances between them.
A Web of Lies
Leon was the lead singer in a Goth band called 'The Faulted' during the late 1980's and early 90's. The group gigged in most of the 'alternative' clubs in South Africa, mostly situated in Johannesburg and to a lesser extent in Pretoria. These had such provocative names as 'The Doors' - named after one of the iconic bands of the 60's and 70's - Alcatraz, and Idols.
An Artist's Triumph
I grew up in a home where there was art all around me. My father was an avid art collector, and his passion included art magazines and books. Not only that but he was an artist himself, or more accurately what used to be called a “Sunday Painter”, which meant that he painted as a hobby. It was hardly surprising then that I soon developed a keen love for art, and began drawing pictures from a very young age, something that my father encouraged.
No Judgement in Mercy
The Kingdom of Nuimor was rich and beautiful. Dense forests covered most of the land through which rivers meandered, many of them flowing into Lake Penleche. There were two main mountain ranges, the largest of which were the Hastlam Mountains in the East. The most rugged was the Chadon range in the North. There the highest peak, Mount Ledal, towered above one of the most formidable forts that bore its name.
This is a story that happened in the mid-eighties just after I left school. I was biding my time, waiting for my call-up into the South African Defense Force in July of that year. I had found myself a part-time job in the city centre, and had to commute back and forth by bus from Van der Bijl Square, Johannesburg’s main bus depot. I was staying with my mother in the suburb of Berario, near to the famous landmark of Northcliff Ridge.
For a Year and a Day
It seems clear that the ‘sanctity’ of marriage has all but been forgotten. An estimated 50% of all married couples end up filing for divorce, and the only people who really benefit from this are the wedding planners and the divorce lawyers. Recently I read an article that asked the question: “What should one look for before getting married?” to which one person replied: “A good divorce lawyer.” Even though these words were said in jest, they do have a certain thread of truth to them. After all, a couple is advised to enter into a ‘Prenuptial Contract’ even before they even get married, and given the percentage of marriages that fail, this advice seems pretty sound.