Monday, 8 September 2014
Pictures From The Zulu Reed Dance At Enyokeni Palace In Nongoma, Kwazulu-Natal
The 30th anniversary of the ancient Zulu reed dance came to an end on Saturday 6th September 2014 at the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma, Kwazulu-Natal. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini who revived the dance said the revival coincide with the outbreak of Hiv/Aids in Hlabiba, Northern Kwazulu-Natal.
IFP leader Mangoguthu Buthelizi said the reed dance was not only about young women staying pure but also about respecting women and safeguarding their purity. About 30,000 bare-breasted young women took part in the dance.
The dance is part of virginity testing which is an ancient Zulu tradition regarded as an important rit of passage to women hood. More pics after cut...
Zulu King Zwelithini And President Juma
Winnie Mandela, King Zwelithini and Jacob Juma
The King's daughters, Nqobangothando and Mukelile Zulu
Zulu maidens display their pride and virginity at the annual reed dance in eNyokeni