Today's Reed dance developed in the 1940's from the Amcwagho custom where young girls were placed in age regiments to ensure their virginity. It is an annual Swazi and Zulu event.
The official purpose of the annual ceremony is to preserve the women's chastity, provide tribute labour for the Queen mother and produce solidarity among women through working together.
The women sing and dance as they parade in front of the royal family as well as a crowd of spectators.The King's many daughters and royal princess also participate and are distinguished by the crown of red features in their hair.
The recent Umhlanga Reed dance in Swaziland started on the 26th of August 2014 to end today.
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The King Daughters