The Reed dance

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The   Reed   dance

Name; Jae Joo

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Reed Dance

           As the name    goes reed dance derives the naming from the commonly   used reeds that usually adorn the the practiced ceremony. Famously to people of Swaziland it is known as Umhalanga a native word from the Umchwasho community and the chosen village for   the celebrations. In the month of September, gueen mothers land – a royal village is always at its height witnessing something that for generation has been observed as of right. Believably, uncountable, but ladies  both  in youthful smiles and  those that are yet to get  married  conjure for an all  eight- day running event

On arrival at  the royal residence  in  Zululand,  the women  on  trail embarks on  their   first  role of  sourcing for  reeds from the neighborhood, and  this is usually  accomplished  during  wee hours of the  day. The official inception of the the  celebration  follows   thereafter by  bundling of reeds together aimed  for  mending the windscreen  guarding the royal  village-this is  usually done at  night by the  queens  mother.  After all this    preparations  and a day of resting, women then  engages  in adornment  regalia, whereby  the perfumed washing  and  the costume prevalence  takes  place. This can not    be accomplished without   the   carrying of   bush knives which   signifies virginity (Patrick, 2004).

Notably, the   real meaning of this celebration is to help guard and   maintain women’s chastity, produce solidarity among women by working together, and provide some labor for the aging queen mother. This was not a mean  task  to incept  but encompassed many approaches  to succeed  like   arranging   young  girls in  age   regiments;  this   ensured  virginity  for  the  girls  and in addition, be closely monitored  in    readiness to get  married. those in  aged   regiments  were also  preferred to offer  free labor  to the queen mother ;this would  give her some good  time  to  examine the  girls readiness to  serve as the  wife to the king.

On the big day, ladies supposedly parade fronting the king’s podium   marred wit.............


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