Zulu_Reed Dance Ceremony _Clip
The Zulu are an African ethnic group whose members live mainly in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, which lies between the Indian Ocean to the east and the Drakensberg mountain range to the west. The Zulus are also the most popular tribe in Africa.
There are numerous ceremonies that relate to an individual’s stage in the domestic cycle and also are linked to ancestors.
Royal ceremonies include the reed dance ceremony (umkhosi womhlanga), in which young women show pride in their womanhood (with an emphasis on virginity) by parading at the king’s palace in view of thousands of cheerful onlookers. The king maintains the traditional privilege of choosing a wife from among those women.
King Mswati III watch young virgins in traditional Reed dance ceremony at the stadium near the Royal Palace. About 80.000 virgins from all over the country attended this yearly event, the biggest in Swazi culture. It was founded to celebrate the beauty of Swazi women and girls. King Mswati III, and absolute monarch, was born in 1968 and he has 14 wives and many children. The king danced with his men in front of the 80.000 girls. Many of the girls hope to get noticed by the king and to be chosen as a future wife, a ticket from poverty and into a life of privilege and luxury.
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