Young Women in Contemporary Zulu Society

by Sandra Klopper
University of Cape Town

Young Zulu girls entering the king’s residence carrying reeds, South Africa. Photo by Sandra Klopper.

Once the young girls have entered through the gates of the royal residence, they all pass in front of the king, before leaving their reeds stacked in a pile in the main courtyard. One of these reeds is given to the king himself, who drives it into the inner palisade surrounding the royal residence. Thereafter, the king and his male entourage proceed to a second marquee beyond the gates of Enyokeni, where he and various other dignitaries deliver speeches.