Swazi Women at a Reed Dance
Young Swazi and Zulu women are regularly summoned by their respective monarchs to perform the ritual reed dance, which is a right of passage as well as a traditional homage to the king.
Swaziland is a separate, independent country, almost completely surrounded by South Africa, but many Swazi people live across the border, in South Africa.
South Africa is divided into nine provinces, each with its own legislature, premier, and executive council. The provinces are the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Northern Cape, Free State, North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo.
Within these provinces are a number of "traditional rulers," including the current Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelethini, who is a direct descendant of King Shaka, founder of the Zulu kingdom.
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Photograph courtesy South African Tourism