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The Reed dance
Name; Jae Joo
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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