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

Imibengo, i.e. a stripes of meat cut zigzag, which played an important role in a prophecy of Mvelinqangi.

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

Susa with his eldest daughter, her husband and their grandchild

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

Susa \'s son in law who had paid 18 cows for Susa's daughter starts to perform war dances.

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

Susa Madela dressed up as the priest of the Madela family whose duty it is to praise the ancestors. He wears a red Lourie feather and in his pierced earlobe a horn smeared inside with anti-lighting medicine. He stands in front of Bafungile's house. (Cf. "Susa", plate 25 and p.53)

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

In Bafungile's house. Susa looks at his portrait which the author had taken on 31st  March 1979. He played to be schpcked by "this fearful man". ("Der einbeinige Gott", colour plate XXI)

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

Laduma on Bafungile's bed in ceremonial dress. In his crown from genet skin various feathers, among them one ostritch feather.

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

Bhekamandla, Susa and Laduma with their medicine horns in front of their portraits. That one of Laduma the author had taken in 1977.

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

Laduma's daughter Alexina, married Dlakude, starts to cover a wrangler waistcoat with glass bead ornaments. The author had bought both waistcoat and beads. She never got the waistcoat. In 1985/86 Alexina pretended it to have been stolen.(Cf. "Handwerke", plate 106 top and pp.106, 107)

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

Visit to Father Elmar Kimmel O.S.B. at Nandi Mission. From left to right: Velabengasho Khumalo, Mbhekeni Mhlong, Laduma Madela, Pater Elmar, Eric Khwela, Mr. Mthembu (taxi driver)

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

Visit to Father Elmar Kimmel, O.S.B. on Nandi Mission from the Benedictine Diocese of Eshowe. Velabengasho and Mbhekeni had announced our arrival at Nandi Mission by blowing the ox horn trumpet made by Laduma (cf. Susa, page 32).

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.

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...

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