oa Alternation - Fact(or) Fiction in Dominee Du Toit's Inscription of the White Queen into the Origin of African Civilisation-Notes on an Extract from Di Koningin fan Skeba1

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The following pages look into the use of myth to legitimate power. The specific myth is that of the white queen of Sheba who is the purported founder of civilisation in southern Africa. The specific power is that which both emanates from, and is awarded to white, male, Christian. colonial, capital. The thesis proposed is that Du Toit invents a myth about the white origin of civilisation in southern Africa (which can be neither falsified nor verified) with which to legitimate expansion into Zimbabwe, presented as a second coming which is the fulfilment of that original, but now dormant cultural and economic promise.

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