Monday, April 10, 2017

Umhlanga Reed Dance Ceremony, Swaziland. 2012.

Танец тростника Умхланга. Свазиленд / Umhlanga Reed Dance Ceremony, Swaziland. 2012.
 Umhlanga, or Reed Dance ceremony, is an annual Swazi and Zulu tradition held in August or September. Tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi/Zulu girls and women travel from their villages to participate in the eight-day event. In Swaziland they gather at the Queen Mother's royal village, which currently is Ludzidzini Royal Village, while Nongoma is the site of the royal reed dance in Zululand. After arriving at the Queen Mother's royal residence, or Enyokeni Palace in Zululand, the women disperse the following night to surrounding areas and cut tall reeds. The following night they bundle them together and bring them back to the Queen Mother to be used in repairing holes in the reed windscreen surrounding the royal village. After a day of rest and washing the women prepare their traditional costumes consisting of a bead necklace, rattling anklets made from cocoons, a sash, and skirt. Many of them carry the bush knife they used to cut the reeds as a symbol of their virginity.
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Танец тростника Умхланга. Свазиленд / Umhlanga Reed Dance Ceremony, Swaziland. 2012.
 Umhlanga Reed Dance Ceremony, Swaziland. 2012.