The Zulu Tradition

"Our African friends are more permissive in this respect. In the Zulu tradition, every man must compose a poem before his death. Probably without that he would not be allowed to enter the paradise of his tribe. Ought not all gods make this condition incumbent on their respective bondsmen. Perhaps, but heaven must have its peace too."
Mushir Anwar, Why should poetry have no purpose
[in Dawn newspaper, 6 March 08]

Comments

Sehar Sheikh said…
WOW!! What a wonderful piece of information... I have heard a b it about ZULLU tribes in Africa. There are many otehr interesting things that they do, writing at least one of poetry before death being one of them :)
Awais said…
My reaction was also similar to yours when i read it :)