Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo
With a pocket knife Madela cuts off those bones of the joints of the metatarsia which are used for dividing as dices (amathambo "bones). On the meat tray, to the left, is already an ankle bone (astralagus) of one of the hind feet.(The forefeet have no ankle bones.) Now he cuts the ankle bone from the other hind foot which he holds in his left hand. Madela sits in the shadow of Bhidli Mhlongo's private hut. On his right wrist he has writslets from the penetrated gall bladdes of several goats above them apiphyses of the metatarsi of several Red Duikers (Cephalophus natalensis). It is a charm which makes the man wearing it to be as much in advance to other men as the very fast running duiker (in advance in every respect). On his left wrist Madela has a wristlet from the penetrated gall bladder of an ox slaughtered slaughtered in honour of his ancestors, and a wristlet from ivory which the author had bought on the air port of Kinshasa/Kongo. In olden Zululand such an ivory wristlet was a privilege of Zulu royality.