Kultureline INTL
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BRIEF DESCRIPTION ZULU REED DANCE/AFRICAN CUSTOM Reed cultural dance, in Zulu custom, is not only for collection and presentation of cut reeds to the Zulu king as sign of homage but to help young Zulu girls to prepare for womanhood. This annual carnival, is also known as Mkhosi woMhlanga or the Zulu Reed Dance. It is a centuries-old Custom/tradition. And usually takes place in September at the eNyokeni Palace in Nongoma, Zululand. During the occasion singing, dancing and other activities are paramount. Amongst the advantage of the culture is ability to provides young girls the opportunity to experience their cultures fully. And ability for Older Zulu women to teach their young girls their culture and importance of celibacy until marriage. This cultural occasion, apart from this, also provide the gathering of young people in the cultural region an opportunity to discuss contemporary/social issues that affect them, like: HIV, teen pregnancies etc. The reeds are also serves as properties to build or re-build Zulu traditional huts, craft Zulu mats, baskets etc During the Ceremony, according to Zulu tradition, it is believed that ancestral father of Zulus do emerged from a reed bed to bless: the occasion, the young growing ladies, mothers and other participants. The pick or highlight of the ceremony is the presentation of reed to the Zulu king as led by Zulu princesses. Myth logically, it is believe that, if any non-virgin young woman takes part in the reed dance, her reed will break. FOR FURTHER READING/VIEW, GO TO; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viw8zEsbeIQ http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-zulu-reed-dance

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