1,000 Virgins Dance Before The King Naked
Every year in mid-September, Zulu virgins from across South Africa to start their king to take part in the traditional reed dance.
Hundreds of African virgins make the journey to the seat of the royal palace in Nongoma KwaNyokeni, to meet King Goodwill Zwelithini. Here, Zulu girls taking part in a colorful and ancient ritual – Royal Dance woMhlanga Umkhosi cane or, as May is it known in Zulu language.
According to Zulu tradition, only the righteous are allowed girls to dance naked in front of the king, to ensure ritual purity of the festival. Virgo, known as slobber , coming from all corners of the tiny country of South Africa and Zulu, Zulu government providing them free transport, with buses. The show annually attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world, curious to see it the slobber dancing in their traditional costumes, with very complex necklaces, hand-carved, small shields and totems encysted in bare breasts.
The ceremony is meant to encourage their girls to keep their virginity until they mature enough to marry. With more than 100 years ago, but the dance was a good opportunity for the Zulu king to choose a wife and more of the many virgins who attended the ceremony.
As part of the ritual, each girl wears a long cane which was recently cut from the bed of a river. These reeds are handed one by a king, while he blesses the girls. According to superstition, if the cane is broken before reaching the hands of the king, the girl lied about her virginity.
The procession of virgins is escorted by an old princess of the royal family, which teaches virgin girl how to behave in the king. Also, Princess has their role to advise the girls how to act when there is a matchmaker, how to choose her husband and how to behave with their husbands after they married.
Anthropologists do not know how long it will take this tradition. In recent years, the reed dance has been surrounded by controversy. The practice was denounced by many feminist organizations that are outdated and derogatory to women. Also, the lack of effective organization, every year there are incidents, often girls being attacked or raped. Unfortunately, this year’s maiden edition was killed and another 11 were injured when the crowd of girls suffocating panic and stampede occurred.