Five fascinating traditions you can only witness among the Zulu people

Novieku Babatunde Adeola October 14, 2019
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Celebration of First Fruit Ceremony

This ceremony is usually held amongst the township of Eshowe in February. Known as the “first fruits ceremony”, its practice involves the use of poisonous snakes by the local traditional healer (sangoma), who is called Khekhekhe.

The ceremony tells the real story of how Chief Dingiswayo i.e. Shaka Zulu’s mentor gained power over snakes as a young man. To prove that truly that is the case, Khekhekhe handles dangerous snakes and puts their heads in his mouth.

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The ceremony which takes place on 23rd February every year is well attended by fellow Sangomas.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: October 14, 2019


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