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Nc’wala without bare breasts

VISITING Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi of the Zulu people in South Africa at Nc’wala ceremony. Right, Paramount Chief Mpezeni during ceremony. PICTURES: DARLINGTON MWENDABAI

BOYD PHIRI and DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
THE highlight of this year’s Nc’wala ceremony was undoubtedly the absence of bare breasts among Ngoni women called manina and the perennial exposure of buttocks by some excited warriors known as impis.
A practice which had seemed deep-rooted in Ngoni culture and tradition since the revival of the ceremony in 1980 came crashing with a single pronouncement by Paramount Chief Mpezeni.
Nothing prepared Ngoni people and those who annually make the pilgrimage to Nc’wala ceremony that the chief would ban bare breasts and nudity in general a week before the ceremony.
Observers say the ban on bare breasts during Nc’wala must have come because of pressure from some sections of society who believe some of the practices during Nc’wala are not in tune with the values of a Christian nation.
Zambia has diverse cultures, and each culture has its customs and traditions which can be very different – even shocking – from one’s own culture, and Ngonis are not an exception.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/


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