Deryck Lang

The Ama-Xhosa of the Transkei

  • Posted on: 10 November 2011
  • By: JB

This is a must-have book for your coffee table...

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The Ama-Xhosa of the Transkei - by Deryck Lang. Edited by Dianne Lang

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A photo journal depicting and explaining the customs of the amaXhosa, the largest tribe in South Africa. Deryck spent his life among the amaXhosa in the Transkei, and was a respected member and Elder of the amaTshezi; the foremost clan of the Bomvana tribe. The photographs he took are a testament of his enduring love of the people, and their deep respect for him. Deryck "Mdesaleni" Lang: 1934 - 2009

Deryck "Mdesaleni" Lang: 1934 - 2009 Few, if any, outsiders have been as privileged to photograph tribal customs and ceremonies, to share in their fortunes and their sorrows; and to live amongst them their entire life.

Deryck captured an intimate glimpse into what could sadly be the end of a cultural era. Deryck was a true African in the deepest sense of the word, a man who epitomised the meaning of "Ubuntu" and "Umntu Ngumntu Ngabantu".

Lala Ngoxolo Mdesaleni