Umhlanga was created in the s in Eswatini under the rule of Sobhuza IIand is an adaptation of the much older Umcwasho ceremony. The dance in South Africa takes place in Nongomaa royal kraal of the Zulu king. All girls are required to undergo a virginity test before they are allowed to participate in a royal dance.
Written by: Penny and Joe Houghton. Historically, this ceremony was an opportunity for the king to cast his eye over the available maidens and decide which one s he wanted to take to be his next wife or concubine. Traditionally, all the maidens danced bare breasted, but on this particular morning it was very cold, so most were slightly more covered up.
Nosimilo Ndlovu 30 Aug A week after his 60th birthday and shortly after announcing that his sixth wife will be his last queen, the king is now closing shop and rewriting tradition. All must cover up.
Tens of thousands bare-breasted maidens dance and sing, bringing reeds to their King. The reed dance is an ancient tradition of the Swazi and Zulu people with the aim of paying respect to women and preparation of girls to their womanhood. This annual ceremony is a centuries-old tradition, known as the Umkhosi woMhlanga, or the Zulu Reed Dance.
Expressiveness, power and exuberance are hallmarks of dances from South Africa. Characteristic at South African Zulu dance is rhythmic and legs and feet work and smooth hip movements. Zulu is a South African tribe, and one of the largest ethnic groups.
They feel like placing the age restriction to cultural content is an attack on the African culture. The South African girls say that not allowing them to post their content while allowing other content that is sexual undermines their culture. They have vowed to fight Google which owns You tube saying that they must stand up for their culture which is not sexual but promotes oneness and unity.
With a bullet wound, Qwabe was found by locals on a Friday in Naledi. She had been shot in her head. Sadly died on her way to Jabulani Hospital.
Any event featuring Jacob Zuma, virginity tests and more than 25, bare-breasted maidens dancing for a polygamous king is unlikely to pass entirely without incident. And so it proved with this year's Zulu reed dance in South Africa. King Goodwill Zwelithini, who has five wives, spoke out angrily against the photographing of girls undergoing virginity tests at the event, arguing that the images would be used to undermine Zulu culture.