The Nguni cattle with their rainbow coloured hides and magnificent horns were believed to have broken free from the pastures of the night sky to come to the Zulu people. They were Heavens Herds. When the Nguni people once migrated south their cattle came with them and settled along the south-eastern side of the continent . And around these cattle great traditions and myths grew. Youngsters were taught the names of cattle Cattle naming is how the Zulu people learnt to make sense of their world. Even today, an Nguni cow has special powers, they can lift a curse and the sacrifice of a beast will allow you to praise a virgin and marry a woman. For the Zulu people from the time they are very little to the time they are grey the cattle watch over them. Man and beast are bound together in a bond that is poetic, intimate and beautiful.