n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - 'The snake will swallow you' : supernatural snakes and the creation of the Khotso legend

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1683-0296



Extracted from text ... 347 'THE SNAKE WILL SWALLOW YOU': SUPERNATURAL SNAKES AND THE CREATION OF THE KHOTSO LEGEND Felicity Wood English Programme Unit, University of Fort Hare, South Africa fwood@ufh.ac.za Over the last few years, I have been conducting research into oral narratives that engage with the indigenous supernatural world, focussing mainly on Xhosaspeaking communities in the Eastern Cape. What has struck me profoundly in the course of this research is the centrality of the image of the snake. Over and over again, in different manifestations, I have encountered accounts of supernatural serpents that embody tremendous, often hazardous otherworldy powers. This is particularly ..

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