The Kuteka ritual is part of the Swazi wedding ceremony often performed prior to the Lobola (bridal price)
ritual by the people of Swaziland. The above pictures depict a section of the ceremony.
More is to come. The blog or category( will decide soon enough) will describe Southern African tribes and nations of the Nguni People and other various peoples found in my part the Earth.
Bare with me as I collect pictures…I hope they all be original and clear.
Ama-Zulu,People of The Heavens are a
Nguni people found mostly in KwaZulu-
Natal,South Eastern Africa.You may
have speckles of them in Zimbabwe and
in modern day Mozambique.
Zulus are quite the proudest and most
known people of all the Nguni.Unlike
the Swazi their toungue is much more
fluid and easier on the Ds(as is
American English).This makes them-I
think-a lot more eloquent speakers
(believe me,true Swazi toungue is quite
noble).They have lost most of their
tradition and customs due to the trying
times they have experienced over the
years.One such is the Rule of King
Shaka.He abadoned-for example-male
circumcision,because it hinderd with his
regiments performance in battle.
I am not sure how the other customs
went away but Im certain that
Umhlanga and Ukweshwama(Incwala-
Ritual of the first fruit) disapeard
becuase of constant war through the
ages.I would not be fair if I do not
mention the effects of Apartheid(segre
gation) as it profoundly forced the Zulu
to be rid of trational clothing.Many
would rather make skirty trousers e.t.c
to replace the need for Animal skins.To
my dismay:you may also notice that at
this moment we Nguni are not losing
good tradition but our toungues
too.English is slowly but surely taking
over as king.
I hope to soon write more on this
people.Comment is welcome.
It is time I reclaim the dreams and
aspirations I have forgone,
It seems my hardships are now
Simpley being taken away
The vision is still there.
The wish is still there
And my heart:
My dear fragile haert.
And beats in still crys
In sync with that painstaking inner cry
Of that voice
I know not from wherence it comes.
But still dear Jah
I must listen to.
There is no other choice!
It is finally mine own time.
I love South Africa. It is not just an
ancestral home but it in truth a country
I would love to think of as a project
worth investing in.
There people however who forget that
this is not just a project.There are
peoples lives,feelings and stregnths
entour here. My greatest of troubles
comes to no greater view than when
one sits down and gets brave enough to
watch or listen to the countries news.
A horrid experience I tell you-a bit
commical at times and well quite down
right awe inspiring. There are accidents
every where,people are hungry and
poverty driven crime is evrywhere.
Some of us can’t even sleep properly
because of it.
What gets to me the most is we all see
these,yet when we talk we see ignorant
enough to romanticise the whole thing.
You here nicknames like
Ingwenya,inkunzi and silwane right
after horrible stories on raped,buchered
and disembowed women who had
nothing to do with the dog but smile at it
from afar. They will then ask you what
on earth was she doing going out at
night wearing nothing but skimpy tops
Is it her fault your sense of sexual
inhibition is but that of a scaled bum
I think not.
A few are messing my beloved country
so bad We all look bad.