cattle-killing, noun

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The cattle-killing: The systematic destruction of cattle by the Xhosa during 1857, following the visions and prophecies of a young girl, Nongqawuse, in the belief that their ancestors would arise and a new millenium would dawn; National Suicide. Also attributive.
1858 in J.B. Peires Dead Will Arise (1989) 234The cattle-killing was got up to deprive the people of property that required so many to look after, the people would go more free to fight.
1989 B. Maclennan in ADA No.7, 57Peires effectively destroys the myths that the Cattle Killing was a plot by the Chiefs to bring about war with the colony, or was directly initiated by Grey in order to destroy the Xhosa nation.
The systematic destruction of cattle by the Xhosa during 1857, following the visions and prophecies of a young girl, Nongqawuse, in the belief that their ancestors would arise and a new millenium would dawn; National Suicide. Also attributive.

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