Maidens bathing before the Reed Dance celebration in Swaziland - Stock image

Africa, Adult, African Culture, African Ethnicity, Ceremony

Maidens bathing before the Reed Dance celebration in Swaziland royalty-free stock photo
Maidens bathing before the Reed Dance celebration in Swaziland royalty-free stock photo
'Ludzidzini Royal Village, Swaziland - September, 2 2007: Girls washing themselves in the river before traditional Reed Dance (Umhlanga). Once a year unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women travel from their villages to participate in the eight-day event. First they go to collect bunches of reed and bring them back to the Queen Mother to be used in repairing holes in village fence. Later they parade, dance and perform for the king, who currently has fourteen wives, and he is choosing the next wife during the ceremony.'

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Upload date:December 17, 2013
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