This article synthesizes metaphors and practices surrounding human and bovine milk and semen appearing in The James Stuart Archive of Zulu oral history. The king’s control of the flow of milk in society was the source of his power and the mechanism by which he controlled the state. A fluent understanding of this Zulu political philosophy in the Stuart Archive opens up a rich and underutilized source of historical information for Zulu history that adds significantly to prior studies. Parallels to these images in the great lakes region suggest a ‘milk complex’ rather than the common perception of a ‘cattle complex’.
|Journal||Journal of African History|
|State||Published - Jan 2006|