SWAZI CUL­TURE

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - LUNGANI ZUNGU

TRA­DI­TIONAL danc­ing, singing and praise-singing are prom­i­nent in Swazi cul­ture.

Pot­tery and carv­ing are also part of their cul­ture.

All Swazis be­long to the Nguni clan.

A Swazi mar­riage is called “umt­simba” and wed­dings are usu­ally held on a week­end.

The bride and her rel­a­tives go to the groom’s homestead on the Fri­day evening ahead of the wed­ding.

The next morn­ing, the bridal party vis­its a nearby river, and eat the breast por­tion of a goat or a cow slaugh­tered the day be­fore, which is of­fered by the groom’s fam­ily.

Nonku­l­uleko Dlamini, a mar­ried Swazi wo­man, said: “On the Sun­day morn­ing, the bride, with her fe­male rel­a­tives, stabs the ground with a spear in the man’s cat­tle kraal. Later she is smeared with red ochre.”

Af­ter­wards, the bride presents gifts to her hus­band and his rel­a­tives, she said.

As in the Zulu cul­ture, the reed dance cer­e­mony in Swazi­land is a big cul­tural event.

The event is at­tended by young un­mar­ried girls.

Swazi women ac­com­pany the bride, cov­ered in a blan­ket, dur­ing the wed­ding of a Swazi cou­ple.

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