Reed dance and virginity testing

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Here, in Nongoma, early every September month, young Zulu maidens will take part in a colourful cultural festival, the Royal Reed Dance festival - or Umkhosi woMhlanga in the Zulu language. For visitors to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa's most popular tourist destination, the Reed Dance festival offers the unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and majesty of the Kingdom of the Zulu, combined with the vibrant spectacle of Zulu cultural life. The road to the Reed Dance festival runs north from the city of Durban, and winds through the green lushness of the North Coast sugar-belt, skirting through the Kingdom's world-renowed wildlife reserves of Zululand and Maputaland.

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The woman or girl coming for her testing would lie down and spread her legs wide open. The tester would then open your vagina like when you enlarge something on your touchscreen phone with both hands in the vaginal opening. She would look inside, apparently to see if your hymen see box on the next page was still intact, or if the size of the vaginal opening had been enlarged by a penis.

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The Reed Dance festivities started on Friday when, non-schooling maidens presented their reeds to the amaZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. Maidens from Mpumalanga, Gauteng and neighbouring countries including Swaziland are also in attendance. Strict security measures have been put in place to ensure that the event is incident-free event.

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In a study titled Trends, modifications and motivations of ukuhlolwa kwezintombi virginity testing among the Zulu in KwaMashu district of KwaZulu Natal between,T. Magwaza investigates the trends, modifications and motivations of ukuhlolwa kwezintombi virginity testing among the Zulu in KwaMashu district of KwaZulu Natal. It is necessary to note that the resurgence of cultural practices especially in the past decade, seems to emerge out of an environment where communities feel disempowered at socio-economic levels. While there was an expectation that the post-Apartheid South Africa would radically change the lives of the majority of South Africans, the reality has been that the socio-economic system of Apartheid is so deeply entrenched that recovery from the dysfunction of the system will take some time.

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But cultural leaders in the country are pushing back against the rulingsaying it infringes on cultural rights, and that virginity testing is an integral part of Zulu tradition. Renewed debate over the subject of virginity testing erupted in Januarywhen the uThukela district council in KwaZulu-Natal province, eastern South Africa, awarded bursaries to 16 young unmarried women, on condition that they refrain from sex for the duration of their tertiary education and agree to undergo regular testing to prove they are still virgins. Almost 20, pupils have dropped out of school in the past three years.

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Debating virginity-testing cultural practices in South Africa: a Taylorian reflection. Auwais Rafudeen I ; Lindiwe P. Mkasi Khuzwayo II.

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Girls are forced to go through the tradition of virginity testing, sometimes they are not comfortable and do not want to do it but the father of the house enforces it because they feel they will be a laughing stock in their communities where the tradition is dominant. The mothers never have a choice or a say because they are being oppressed by their father. The voices of girls and women are not being heard and their opinions do not matter.

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With their reeds standing tall, they marched in the bitter cold, bare-breasted and proud, singing pledges of purity. Ukuhlolwa Kwezintombi virginity testing is an ancient, and widely criticised, tradition in which older women examine the vaginas of young girls to see whether they are still virgins. This practice is the key to taking part in the annual uMkhosi womhlanga reed dance hosted by the king at his eNyokeni palace in KwaNongoma, North of Durban, and which began on Friday.

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Vincent ru. Umhlanga is a ceremony celebrating virginity. In South Africa, it is practiced, among others, by the Zulu ethnic group who live mainly in the province of KwaZulu Natal.

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