BOOK: Don’t Upset ooMalume: A Guide to Stepping Up Your Xhosa Game by Hombakazi Mercy Nqandeka
In Don’t Upset ooMalume: A Guide to Stepping Up Your Xhosa Game (Jonathan Ball), Eastern Cape writer and agriculturalist Hombakazi Mercy Nqandeka, explores different aspects of Xhosa culture and village life – from the significance of uronta (the rondavel) and ubuhlanti (the kraal) to major life ceremonies. She also discusses traditional Xhosa food, popular dishes, edible forage and medicinal plants. The book is written in both Xhosa and English. In this excerpt from Don’t Upset ooMalume, Nqandela explains how Xhosa culture deals with the important stages of life, such as the birth of a new baby.