Tens of thousands bare-breasted maidens dance and sing, bringing reeds to their King. The reed dance is an ancient tradition of the Swazi and Zulu people with the aim of paying respect to women and preparation of girls to their womanhood. This annual ceremony is a centuries-old tradition, known as the Umkhosi woMhlanga, or the Zulu Reed Dance.
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Established in the s, the Swazi Reed Dance is a traditional dance and chastity rite performed annually in order to encourage young girls to remain virgins. Swazi girls strictly virgins and unmarried women are the dancers and the tradition begins with the girls rallying together at the royal village of the Queen Mother. On the sixth day, they will all head to the main arena where the dance will commence. It will continue on day seven and eight — the main day in which the king would grace the occasion.
Margaret Kelly, who has died aged 94, was the original Bluebell girl, the founder of the dance troupe that perfected a Parisian tradition of lightly-clad, long-legged girls performing vigorous sequences for audiences all around the world. All had to meet stringent requirements for poise, beauty and height; an average Bluebell girl stood 5 ft 11 in. Often, the girls had started out wanting to become ballet dancers, but had to abandon this ambition because ballet companies did not take tall, statuesque dancers.
In Swaziland, tens of thousands of unmarried, virgin girls have paraded bare-breasted before King Mswati III during celebrations for the annual "Reed Dance" in Lobamba. There are reports that anti-democracy songs were also performed, including one describing banned political parties as keen to "set people against each other. Learn more.
Doda died Monday in the city from complications of kidney failure, friend Ron Minolla disclosed Wednesday. Doda first went topless in at the Condor Club — a move that changed every nightspot on busy Broadway in San Francisco. During its heyday in the early s, the street in North Beach buzzed with more than two dozen clubs where carnival-like barkers beckoned passers-by to watch bare-breasted dancers.
Walking through the dense crowds in a leopard skin loin cloth, Sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch was expected to choose his 14th wife. Critics say Mswati, who has courted controversy for his lavish lifestyle while two thirds of his subjects live in poverty, sets a bad example by encouraging polygamy and teenage sex in a country where about 40 percent of adults live with HIV. Some of the women did not seem to mind, hoping to escape from the southern African nation's hardships for the easy life.
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