Once a couple has decided to move forward with marriage they are allowed to spend some nights together with the permission of the senior girls in the bride's kraal i.e. She will be periodically examined to make sure that she is still a virgin, and if she loses her virginity, the groom-to-be or his family will be required to pay a fine and the wedding ceremony will be carried out immediately. The cattle serve as insurance in the event of his death OR if he rejects her or leaves her unjustly.
The cattle will be a source of financial support for her (and any children they may have had). bride price, also serves as a guarantee to the girl's father that he (the groom/husband-to-be) will take care of his daughter.
She wears a veil made of beads and twisted fig leaves; oxtail fringes are tied to her elbows and knees and a goat's hair fringe is worn around her neck.
She will also carry a miniature knife, an assagai, pointed up to symbolize her virginity.
A Zulu wedding, like most African weddings, is vibrant with colors, music, dancing, and then some.
There are other traditions when it comes to South African weddings but Zulu weddings are among the most popular because of the vast population of members of Zululand.
Zulu Woman Carrying Beer Pot, Zululand, South Africa On the day of the actual Zulu wedding ceremony, the bride is decorated with red and white ocher designs on her legs and arms.
Bags of pebbles are tied to her ankles (these are primarily for their rhythmic effect during dancing).
Their matching color-coded necklaces and bracelets will let everyone know that they are an item.
Zulu is a 1964 epic war film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War.
It depicts 150 British soldiers, many of whom were sick and wounded patients in a field hospital, who successfully held off a force of 4,000 Zulu warriors.
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