Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, July 19, 2010

1921-22 – “AFRICAN GUIDEBOOKS -PART 13 – CROCODILES CONTINUED!”

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As a person who enjoyed fishing, Jade del Cameron would have been well educated about crocodiles in Kenya Colony, since crocs also enjoy fish as well as fishermen.

The South and East African Yearbook Guide for 1922 (page 897) has a small section on crocs, giving their scientific name: Crocodilus niloticus; as well as the Swahili name: mamba Ngwena, along with the Maasai, Kavirondo, and Arabic names. The guide states that “a large crocodile may measure 13 or even 14 feet in length with a girth of 6 or 7 feet at the shoulders.” Of course, they did grow larger and a beast of 15 or 16 feet in length was nigh unstoppable.

Crocodiles, by 1922, were “extinct throughout the Cape Province… but were found “in extraordinary numbers along the Victoria Nile, especially just below the Murchison Rapids where the banks sometimes are entirely covered by sleeping crocodiles (ibid).”

So fearsome were these beasts that, even in areas where they no longer prowled, they were still revered and deified. The guide states that “it is the tutelary deity of the Basutos and of the Bakwena tribe.” (The Basutos live in an inland part of South Africa and the Bakwenas are a people of Botswana.)

Minnie Martin in her book “Basutoland: Its Legends and Customs” (1919, page 73) states “The Basuto are the people of the crocodile (Kuena), the crocodile being their sacred animal. They believe that one crocodile still exists in the Caledon (river), but I have never met any one who has seen it.”

The crocs may have been gone from South Africa, but in Jade’s Kenya, they were alive and well. It will just be Jade’s luck to run into one particularly difficult croc which will add to the plot and adventure of The Crocodile’s Last Embrace.

Next week: Crocodiles continued

MORE MYSTERY TOPICS:
1) Does mystery have to equal murder? I weigh in with the Suspense Sirens on their blog posting at : http://bit.ly/cpprpx

2) Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME http://bit.ly/ao2gjg for an interesting interview at a great website by author J. Sydney Jones.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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