tokoloshe


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tokoloshe

(ˌtɒkɒˈlɒʃ; -ˈlɒʃɪ) or

tokoloshi

n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) (in Bantu folklore) a malevolent mythical manlike animal of short stature. Also called: tikoloshe
[from Xhosa uthikoloshe]
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Originating in Zulu mythology, the tokoloshe is an evil spirit whose power extends to causing illness and even death.
Published in the first decade of the new millennium, Jann Turner's Southern Cross (2002), Sarah Penny's The Beneficiaries (2002), which was well reviewed by Heyns, and Rachel Zadok's highly praised debut Gem Squash Tokoloshe (2005) explore the interconnections between privilege, oppression, and culpability as a means of taking ownership for the authors' own complicities.
We'd never have guessed the show would still be going three years later," says Marc Warren, 46, whose character Rick is haunted by an African spirit called the Tokoloshe.
In his capacity as sociologist, Ashforth--himself a religious sceptic--details many of the beliefs shared by Black South Africans: in the tokoloshe, a hairy little creature with enormous genitals and a voracious sexual appetite, who preys mostly on women; in Inkosi ya Manzi, the King of the Water, who threatens those shack dwellers erecting their shacks too close to the river where he lives; in Inyoni Yezulu, the lightning bird of the heavens that lays its eggs when it strikes; and in the isidliso, which is sent to the victim by a witch through adulterated food or drink, and 'which takes the form of a small creature lodged in the gullet' (Ashforth 2000:167), a crab or a frog or even a lizard, that:
So much so that Steven, who lives in Widnes, left his job as an English teacher at St Julie's Catholic High School in Woolton two years ago to concentrate on writing full-time (he has two more books in the pipeline - Terror of The Tokoloshe and The Hidden Folk).
The point is, that much the same way a bunch of guys accepted a bed on bricks to make way for the tokoloshe, a lot of people are accepting whatever comes along.
According to Mike Bartholomew, skipper of RSA the team's King 40 Tokoloshe, "It was Eddie Warden Owen from the RORC who actually suggested to Rick Nankin and myself that we should consider putting a South African team together.
The tokoloshe (or tikoloshe or tikoloshi) in African mythology is a humanoid creature about 1 m tall, with a large head, big eyes and a slender torso.
The obvious tracks are here - Bowie's Life On Mars (of course), Sweet's Blockbuster, Slade's Coz I Luv You - but there are also some long forgotten gems like John Kongos' Tokoloshe Man and Anada Shankar's delicate Snow Flower.
Gem Squash Tokoloshe by Rachel Zadok (Pan Macmillan)
FORMER waitress Rachel Zadok's first novel Gem Squash Tokoloshe has been nominated for the Whitbread Prize after winning Channel 4's sofa chatterers Richard and Judy's "How to get published competition".