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A Living Man from AfricaJan Tzatzoe, Xhosa Chief and Missionary, and the Making of Nineteenth-Century South Africa$
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Roger S. Levine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300125214

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300125214.001.0001

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Buffalo River 1833–1835

Buffalo River 1833–1835

A Blessing to His Tribe

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(p.93) Buffalo River 1833–1835
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A Living Man from Africa
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Roger S. Levine

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300125214.003.0009

This chapter discusses the period six years after John Brownlee's residence at the Buffalo River. During this time, Brownlee finally admitted three people into Church Fellowship. Tzatzoe assisted Brownlee with his chapel services and itinerating trips, but the vast majority of the local Xhosa remained uncommitted to the Christian message and its rituals. In May 1833, Jan Tzatzoe's brother, Soko, who had recently moved to the mission station, fell ill again. The missionaries diagnose consumption, but Soko insisted on moving across the river, outside of the boundaries of the station, so that the Caffre customs could be practiced with impunity. Despite the missionaries' interventions, both Kote Tzatzoe and Soko grew stronger and more belligerent in their belief in a docteress who drew a purported witchcraft bundle out of Soko's breast.

Keywords:   local Xhosa, Buffalo River, Church Fellowship, Christian message, Soko, Caffre customs

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