SOUTH AFRICA: The Last Zulu War

The lead induna, or head man, resplendent in hyena tails and impala, monkey and civet skins, carried an Instamatic. Alongside the bare-breasted girls singing for the warriors were some in Maidenform bras. When the newly enthroned Paramount Chief left the party, it was in a new Chrysler. In most respects, however, the crowning of 23-year-old Prince Zwelithini Goodwill Ka-cyprian Bhekuzulu in the Royal Kraal at Nongoma last week was faithful to the folkways of the days when the Zulus were the largest tribe and mightiest warriors in all of Black Africa.

Fully 15,000...