Culture, Kenya & Tigers
Last week, I wrote that there are no tigers in Africa. Except there’s one problem: there actually are! To understand how that can happen, let’s take a quick look at Indian mythology.
Why, you ask, are we discussing Indian myths? As you probably know, there are a lot of East Africans of Indian descent. The British brought the Indians to the East African colonies to help build the railway.
Many of those laborers settled in the area, and their communities flourished. Of course, they brought with them their own myths, legends and paranormal creatures.
The tiger plays an important role in Indian mythology. It is believed to possess supernatural powers and appears in numerous stories. Vaghadeva, the tiger god, is honored as guardian of the forest. The Nagas believe that man and tiger are the sons of the same mother; the man stayed at home while the tiger went to live in the jungle. The god Ayyappa (Shiva’s son) rides on a tiger. And there are few places in the world that don’t have stories of shapeshifters.
And that’s how tigers came to Kenya. In the suburbs of Nairobi, around the farms of Lake Naivasha, or along the sandy coast near Mombasa, shapeshifters of Indian descent live normal lives until their next shift. One such shifter is Tana ‘Tiger’ Shah.
Fun-loving Tana “Tiger” Shah is about to lose everything, including her freedom. When her estranged mother shows up at her doorstep with an indecent proposal, Tiger must make a decision: give up her home in order to pay off her family’s debt and preserve her honor, or marry a man she doesn’t know. Although her heart says no, love doesn’t pay the bills. Tiger will do whatever it takes to protect her family, even if it means turning her back on her own dreams.
Lion Shifter Ezekiel Kiprop isn’t one to play games, especially if the safety of his Pride is at risk. When it comes to his duty to defend his king, he’s never hesitated until now. And that’s what makes Tiger so dangerous: she makes him forget all reason when she’s around. Determined to focus on an unknown challenger to his brother’s throne, Ezekiel shuts down his feelings. As fate would have it, his lion has other ideas, especially when it comes to Tiger. But will their love survive the truth Tiger has been hiding?
Head over here and find out in “A Tiger’s Eye.”
If you’ve had a chance to read any of the books in the Lion Shifters series (A Lion’s Cage, A King’s Pride, A Demon’s Wing or A Tiger’s Eye), I’d love to know your thoughts!
Vered & Ella
Adventures in Paranormal Africa