The person to initiate the virgins is into the festival is the old Princess of the Zulu king, and she plays the lead role in the ceremony. Miss Ngobeni was forced to abandon a comfortable lifestyle in a private boarding school as her aunt, who was her chief guardian, arranged the escape to England to join her mother, who moved to Birmingham five years earlier, fleeing an abusive husband. But the girls are happy She told her social worker Anna Fontanella: All the girls who come to the Enyokeni Royal Palace and want to participate in the ceremony are required by tradition to undergo a virginity test before they are allowed to participate in the royal dance.
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Photos of the uMhlanga or Reed Dance, Swaziland
They also wear anklets, bracelets, necklaces, and colorful sashes. Every year in late August or early September Swazi girls from all over the country set out on foot from Lobamba to gather bundles of reed in a place like Mdutshane, south of Lobamba near Malkerns; they then walk back, singing and dancing as they go, to the residence of the "Ndlovukati", the Queen Mother, in Lobamba. See How To Advertise. They are young, unmarried girls, dressed in short "indlamu" beaded skirts, often carrying torches, indicating that they had to cut those reeds at night, and the long knives they used. Now times are different, however,not every girl that claims to be a virgin is a virgin, like in the olden days, that's when the testing comes in, just to make sure they're still "pure" before carrying such an important royal task. You are commenting using your WordPress. It must be either zulu girls or swazi girls because they're the only ones out of the four Nguni tribes with a king.