Umhlanga Part 2

Maidens form regiments in their localities and travel to the Royal Residences in Lobamba. As public transport is limited, the imbali use whatever means they can to make the journey. Most are crammed onto flat-bed trucks, with as many as fifty to a vehicle. Travelling with the imbali are indvuna, minders who should look after… Continue reading Umhlanga Part 2

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Umhlanga Part 1

The Umhlanga or Reed Dance is a traditional ceremony in Southern Africa. “Unsullied” young maidens cut tall reeds which they bring to the Royal Residence and use them to weave a windbreak. Then they dance, and the King picks one of them to be his bride. Swaziland is famous for this, but there is also… Continue reading Umhlanga Part 1