Culture May 31, 2018 at 08:23 am

Centuries-old African rituals practiced today to encourage celibacy

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

Farida Dawkins May 31, 2018 at 08:23 am

May 31, 2018 at 08:23 am | Culture

Ludzidzini, Swaziland, Africa. The Swazi Umhlanga, or reed dance ceremony, 100,000 unmarried women , or maidens, celebrate their virginity by bringing reeds for the Swazi Queen Mother’s Kraal during this 8 day long annual tradition and dancing in a massive gathering before King Mswati III, the royal family, and the public…Edward Remsburg

Umhlanga– South Africa and Swaziland

Umhlanga occurs in South Africa among the Zulu tribe members. The act is carried out by those who live in the KwaZulu Natal province.

The virginity of girls is tested by a qualified virginity tester.

Virginity testing ritual in South Africa — an24

In a secluded room, a young woman is checked while lying down on the floor with her legs opened. The tester opens her vagina with her bare hands and checks to see if the hymen is intact.

If the girl is proven to be a virgin, she is given a virginity certificate.

In Swaziland, girls report to the Queen Mother’s royal village. The next night, they travel to neighboring areas and cut tall reeds – which signify their virginity.

The following night, they put the reeds together and present them to the Queen Mother.

The reeds are then used in repairing holes in the reed windscreen surrounding the royal village.

After a day of washing and rest, the girls make their costumes using beads, cocoons, a sash and skirt.

The king’s many daughters and royal princess are distinguished by a red feather crown.

The young women wear their costumes with their bare chests while dancing in front of the king, spectators, tourists and dignitaries.

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