Mambo Hills

Historical and Religious Significance

Marieke Clarke


  • amaBooks
  • Bulawayo
  • 2008
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 28 pages


Mambo Hills: Historical and Religious Significance considers the sacred site to the north-east of Bulawayo that is also known as Intaba zi ka Mambo or Manyanga. Officials of the Mwali Religion that is practised there took leading roles in the War of the Red Axe of 1896, which nearly ended British South Africa Company rule in Southern Rhodesia. In this path-breaking study, Marieke Clarke draws on oral tradition as well as archival material to write the history, up to recent times, of this area that has importance across Zimbabwe.


In this booklet Marieke Clarke has done much to show how place, history and biography inevitably entangle across Zimbabwe's wider landscapes, and not just at a few, monumentalised and highly celebrated sites, magnificent as they maybe. - Joost Fontein


Marieke holds a degree in Modern History and a Diploma of Education from Oxford University. In September 1963 she joined the staff of Inyathi Secondary School, 50 miles north of Bulawayo.