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Patting the beast on the back and following the spine towards its tail, he bent down and carefully, without touching its skin, passed the spear between its hind legs at knee-height. Then he touched its udder with his hand and passed the spear between its forlegs, again careful not to touch it. He patted its dewlap and throat and finished off by again rubbing its wet back and shoulders, all the time calling on the shades. Then, standing erect in front of the cow and facing it, he called for the butcher.

  • Source: Berglund, Axel-Ivar. Zulu thought-patterns and symbolism. Uppsala: Swedish Institute of Missionary Research, 1976.
  • Culture: Zulu
  • Location: Africa