The New South Africa: Old Routines and Current Political Realities
An eye-catching feature at the Amathole Museum in King William’s Town consists of two kudu skulls, their horns entwined in a beautiful, even lyrical sort of figure-eight design. But this is no taxidermist’s folly. The splendor of the display masks the brutal fact that these bulls fatefully locked one another in mortal combat. They heaved and jerked themselves to complete exhaustion, a stubborn, sustained seesawing that led them both to inevitable death from starvation and dehydration. Memoirist Alexandra Fuller recalls stumbling upon one of these similarly odd “trophies” from a pair of impala rams in the Rhodesian veld, describing her discovery as “an embrace of hatred that had killed them both.”1
KeywordsBlack Employee Military History Museum Director Transvaal Museum South African Museum
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