AbaQulusi spends R300K for Zulu Reed Dance which is underway today

ABAQULUSI Municipality has spent R304 450 aside to fund 880 maidens with their 35 matrons who will be attending this year’s Royal Reed Dance at eNyokeni Palace.

The local department of Arts and Culture brought forward their request which was tabled by council and their needs included meals for the maidens and their matrons, refreshments (water and bread), set up of a Nerve Centre venue, supply and delivery of printed t-shirts and the provision of transport.

The request came just a week after the Operation Siyaya Emhlangeni campaign where maidens took part in a peace march around town and headed to the municipal building where municipal officials motivated and encouraged them to stay on their purity journey.

*Today, thousands of Zulu virgins are gathered at the King’s Enyokeni Traditional Residence for this ceremony which is said to promote respect for young women, and preserve the custom of keeping girls as virgins until marriage.

The women will deliver reed sticks, sing and dance. The girls collect a reed from a huge pile and proceed in a very long procession. They are led by the senior princess. As they pass the King they lay their reed down. Maidens learn and understand the songs while the young princesses lead the virgins. The maidens wear ‘izigege’ and ‘izinculuba’ that show their bottoms.

Maidens are taught by senior females how to behave themselves and be proud of their virginity and naked bodies. That allows maidens to expect respect from their suitors who intend approaching them during the ceremony.

*Source: www.eshowe.com

Sine Thwala

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