In A Mixture Of Travel, Adventure, And Scholarship, Historian Tudor Parfitt Sets Out In Search Of Answers To A Fascinating Ethnological Puzzle Is The Lemba Tribe Of Southern Africa Really One Of The Lost Tribes Of Israel, Descended From King Solomon And The Queen Of Sheba Beginning In The Lemba Villages In South Africa, Where He Witnesses Customs Such As Food Taboos And Circumcision Rites That Seem Part Of Jewish Tradition, Parfitt Retraces The Supposed Path Of The Lembas Through Zimbabwe, Malawi, And Tanzania, Taking In Sights Like Zanzibar And The Remains Of The Stone City Great Zimbabwe The Story Of His Eccentric Travels, A Blend Of The Ancient Allure Of King Solomon S Mines And Prester John With Contemporary Africa In All Its Beauty And Brutality, Makes For An Irresistible Glimpse At A Various And Rapidly Changing ContinentAnd In A New Epilogue, Parfitt Discusses Recent DNA Evidence That, Amazingly, Lends Credence To The Lemba S Tribal Myth This was an exciting find So enraptured was I with the topic that I could not hold the book s title in my brain Get on with it, man Lost tribes of Israel are fascinating to me, and a topic about which I am not particularly well versed Combine that with my South African heritage thanks, mom and I felt like I was born to read this book.The narrative was interesting, the tribal customs curious Some of the historical informative ethnographic contextual information could have been presented in a absorbing manner, as at times I felt myself slogging through those bits, but.the suspense And then.Spoiler If anyoneis interested in knowingthe result, that it kindof fell flat then I can tell youthat the whole book sdraw sort of fell apart for me Butwhat can you do Them s the facts.If that hadn t been the case, probably it would have gotten 4 stars from me. Absolutely fascinating, but still too much of an historical detective than a real life ethnographic account Which disappointed me Also, although i appreciated the author not being self absorbed I did miss of a personal touch And even though I couldn t find a trace of racism the author entered both a scientific and geographical terrain that is thoroughly stained with racism there was sexism all over the place He hardly spoke with women, nor did he report at least trying, and most women are either quite sexy or quite pretty or of little interest to him.But still, this author s efforts to get to the bottom of the origins of the Lemba people, are absolutely admirable A journey to find the truth on the Lemba what was the main point, though was the journey, not the destination.
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- 400 pages
- Journey To The Vanished City
- Tudor Parfitt
- 19 November 2018 Tudor Parfitt