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"Swaziland, Zulu culture 2" South Africa Off The Beaten Path Tip by ATLC

South Africa Off The Beaten Path: 165 reviews and 190 photos


Much less touristic was the Zulu kraal in Swaziland. The "chief" Albert started talking about our Dutch football hero Gullit, the moment he realised we were from the Netherlands.
Entering a kraal asks for some etiquette. The woman always enters first on the left side, because there might be an enemy inside to stab the person entering. The brave Zulu warrior enters on the right side after the woman!
He can have more than one wife, and obviously a lot of competition goes on between the wives who will poison each other to become the favoured first wife! So the child of the wife that has prepared the meal must taste it first.
I guess that's mostly history now...

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  • Written Mar 1, 2003
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