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Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 5th 1979

Velabengasho presents the meat of the goat on large wooden meat platters.

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 5th 1979

As F 15/24

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 5th 1979

In the umsamo, the holy back part of Velabengasho's Great hut: Velabengasho's great medicine horn from a female gemsbok, Oryx gazella, which he had inherited from his father. Behind it a black clay vessel, ukhamba, with medicines for ancestor worship.

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 5th 1979

Similar to F 15/25, with wide angle objective.

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 6th 1979

In the centre the skeleton of an extremely large heron, which has been mounted on a stick. It is Nozalizingwenya ( It which bears crococdiles). It is the Goliath Heron, Ardea goliath. The legs hang downwards.

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 6th 1979

In the holy umsamo, the back of the h cucumber, unkonko, a species of Mout. Porcupine quills have been added. On the house wall to the left the ghost' calabash, isigubhu sabalozi or isigubhu somoya. it is made from a wart cucumber, unkonko, a species of Momordica.

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 6th 1979

The pictures IV to IX are taken after my having changed ground in the hut. The Goliath Heron is now looking to the right. the hoof of the mule is on top of theheron's skeleton. To the left the gall bladders of goats and the lump of fOn top of green and black mamba on sticks.

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 6th 1979

Above the head of the Goliath Heron the head of a small bird. On top of the heron's neck the hoof of a mule. To the left the globular stomach of a vulture as well as the vulture's intestines. Concerning the birds' wings to the right of the heron's head see no. IV

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 6th 1979

To the left white wings from the Cattle Egret, ilanda, bubulcus ibis ( Roberts, no 61), and to the right white and grey wings from a stilt, isixulamasele ( "Frog catcher") Himantopus.

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 6th 1979

People sitting below the wings from no V. 2nd from left Velabengasho's son ; to the utmost right = Velabengasho's wife. On a pole hanging on the wall: clothing, to the left a rear apron from skin.

 

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 6th 1979

Same situation as No. VII

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 6th 1979

Above the open door.( Cf. April 1979, pictures 4 and 5.) some shoulder blades of goats, a pair of tongs and a paint scrapper have been added. The abafana are missing.

Visit to Velabengasho in 1979/II, i.e October 6th 1979

Velabengasho at the place of F 16/26. Above him the head of the Goliath heron. on the wall to the left on of his cardigans.

Visit to Velabengashos kraal in 1979/80

Eric Khwela as interpreter with my camera outfit and Ziphelaphi Mhlongo Madide on the way to Velabengasho Khumalo's kraal.

Visit to Velabengashos kraal in 1979/80

Velabengasho's granary for maize in front of his cattle pen. At a pole of the latter horns of cattle.

Visit to Velabengashos kraal in 1979/80

An orchid at a pole of the cattle pen shall protect the pen and the cattle against lightning.

Visit to Velabengashos kraal in 1979/80

Velabengasho and his wife having beer, utshwala. The cigarette and the snuff in the little blue and yellow snuff box are gifts of mine.

Visit to Velabengashos kraal in 1980/81

Eric Khwela with my photo outfit on the way to Velabengasho walking through his maize fields in glowing heat.

Visit to Velabengashos kraal in 1980/81

On the way we met Velabengasho in his outfit as a Zionist with a candle in his hand. He was on the way to the Zionist church where he intended to complete his outfit.

Visit to Velabengashos kraal in 1980/81

Velabengasho's wife Gabajana in her Zionist outfit accompanied her husband. She had "forced" Velabengasho to join her church in order to prevent that Velabengasho would take another wife.

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