Muslim dating rituals

Over a seven day period in late August to early September, during the Umhlanga ceremony also known as the Reed Dance, young unmarried girls between the ages of 10 and 18 years come out and parade themselves before the king.Understandably in western culture that would be a big no-no I suppose, but actually, among the Swazi, it is believed that it is part of the reigning king’s duties to take on and support as many wives as possible.The queen mother’s courtesans will use the reeds to reinforce the fence that surrounds her compound.There is symbolism behind this act as well – it is the affirmation and strengthening of womanhood throughout the Swazi kingdom.

They can be colorful and vibrant, they can also be somber and understated.The wedding rituals are somewhat different though depending on the woman’s situation.While the never-married virgins must be courted for a year following the fair, but widows and divorcees are permitted to start their new married lives the day they meet a man that “suits their fancy”.Other gifts are also exchanged such as drinks like palm wine and tobacco.Among the African wedding rituals in some cultures in this area, brides-to-be are kept in fattening rooms where they “plumped up” before they are sent off to their husbands’ homes.

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