A few more photos from dancing Umhlanga

Because I have so many wonderful photos from PCV Kirby at www.whatiskirbydoing.com, I want to share a few more of the Umhlanga ceremony. If you want to read more about my experience, check out day six  (delivering the reeds) and day seven (the big dancing day).


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Nonduduzo, the head maiden, wearing black feathers on the left, and the eldest princess Sikhanyiso in the center in orange with a staff, are the first to dance.

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Sikhanyiso and Nonduduzo in the center leading the dancing.

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King Mswati III greeting special guests and foreign dignitaries who have attended the festival.

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King Mswati III and the queen mother greeting honored guests.

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My group dancing on the field.

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My group dancing on the field.

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Me again. The girls in the background have already danced and are lined up on the field for the special dances generally led by royalty and the head maiden.

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The group dancing.

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The king greeting participants.

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The king bowing to members of the royal family denoted by their red feathers.

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The king walking through the participants.

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Maidens watching the king.

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Maidens watching for the king while dancing. We were singing a song about the king.

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Women from the royal family, likely wives of King Mswati III, dance out to their children to perform kudlalisela, the bow of respect and appreciation.

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One Response to A few more photos from dancing Umhlanga

  1. ginasjoys says:

    Fascinating, thanks for sharing.

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