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Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

From left to right: Alexina, Laduma, Mbhekeni Mhlongo; Velabengasho Khumalo dressed green and with Laduma's ceremonial skin hat; Bhidli Mhlongo; Mashingeni Khumalo; Mbhekeni's wife. In the foreground part of the author's camera outfit.

 

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

The authors' farewell visit  to Laduma Madela. Laduma hands over to Eric Khwela as his intermediary the gifts for the author: a battle axe he made for her and the now finished inhlendla from F.1979/II, F.12/1a. To the right waves Mbhekeni Mhlongo a whisk. With green headcloth his mother.

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Madela puts spear into the hearth from twigs. He will blow the fire up with his mouth. He has no bellow.(Cf."Handwerke", plate 1 top, and p. 94.)

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Madela starts to forge a spear for the ceremonial killing of goats from rod iron (reinforcing steel). He works on an iron anvil (part of a rail from the railways). (Cf. "Handwerke", plate 1 bottom, and pp.94,95.)

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

In Bafungile' house. Laduma is resting on her bed. Ziphelaphi and Bafungile (only her yellow head cloth is visible) sit politely on mats on the floor. To the left are partly visible: the shafts of a battle axe and an inhlendla (cf. to follow: F22/28).

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Gumede, a son of Laduma's daughter Hlomeleni, arrives home from work in Johannesburg

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Laduma Madela with a chief's mace called "inhlendla engamakhalengonyama",  which looks like the nostrils of a lion. Not yet ready made. (cf. "Handwerke", plate 8 and 9, and pp.108-111; Der einbeinige Gott, colour plate XXIII.)

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

View from above Laduma Madela's kraal, which is in the centre. To the left of the small road leading to it is the kraal of Mashingeni Khumalo. Uphill from there, to the left, is the kraal of Laduma's daughter Alexina with two rondavels and a rectangular house. (Cf.

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

On the day after the festival beer is brought from Velabengasho' kraal and is received with dances. The dancers from left to right: a son of Mbabazeni Madela, Laduma, Velabengasho, Mbhekeni Mhlongo's mothers (in the foreground, Mbhekeni...

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

In Bafungile's house. Susa shows Merica the photo albums the author had sent Laduma. On the floor sits a man of extremely low rank who tries to get some food everywhere.

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Born by one and the same mother: Suasa, Merica, Laduma. Merica was proud of having carried Laduma when he was a baby on her back.

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Laduma's eldest sister Merica (according to her membership in an American sect) joined the festival

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Feasting on oxmeat dipped in coarse white salt. To the left Seven Khumalo. Another man cuts the meat strips zigzag into imibengo

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Another young man dressed up. Behind his shield from oxhide a protection from the hand expanded plastics. His knobkerries is of the type isagila.(Cf."Madelas Tierleben", p.290.) In black and white.

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Mdlokombana Zulu dressed for the dances. He wears a red Laurie feathers in his hair and an ostrich feather coloured blue in an armlet. His dancing stick is beaded. (Cf. in black/white in "Madelas Tierleben",p.291

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

An albino woman and the isangoma Khulumile Khumalo

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Sithupha's husband Maqhubandaba Mbatha in his uniform as a police man, with handcuffs in his belt. He wears a red Lourie feathers in his hair. With grandchild.

Visit to Laduma Madela's kraal in September and October 1979 with a festival on 30th September

Susa's children from his wife Dumaza: Sithupha Fihlokwakhe Zithukeleni, Emelinah Madela Mbatha and Bhekamandla Madela. In the background Sithupha's husband

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979, in April

Mbhekeni Mhlongo and Velabengasho Khumalo standing in front of Velabengasho's cattle kraal. Some apparel in F. 11/25 and F 9/35. Velabengasho had added voluminious side tails, izinjobo, from the skin of the white-tailed Mongoose.

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979, in April

The two men seen from behind. Mbhekeni's rear apron is from white calf skin. Velabengasho's rear apron is from Cheetah.

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