Reed Zulu dance maidens

maidens reed Zulu dance

maidens reed Zulu dance

Bearing reeds to the king. As the Reed Dance ceremony begins, the young women prepare to form a procession led by the chief princess. Swaziland National Trust Commission. Some of the many hundreds of maidens who take part in the ceremony. The reeds reflect a deep mythical connection with origin of the Zulu people where, tradition tells us, the original ancestor emerged from a reed bed.

The heart of Zululand

maidens reed Zulu dance

maidens reed Zulu dance

maidens reed Zulu dance

maidens reed Zulu dance

Each maiden carries a reed which has been cut by the riverbed and it symbolizes the power that is vested in nature. By paying tribute to the king in this way, the Zulu nation, represented by the young women, bestows on the king the symbolic power to rule over the Zulu kingdom and its loyal subjects in the year to come.

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reed Zulu dance maidens