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Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo, in Velabengasho Khumalo' kraal. He wears Velabengasho's dance crown from the winter feather of "isakabula", the long-tailed-bird, diatropure progne prons (Roberts, no.118).

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo. see image F10/12

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

On the way from Laduma Madela's kraal to Bhidli's kraal. From left to right: Ziphelaphi Mhlongo, Laduma Madela, Eric Khwela as interpreter. Ziphelaphi and eric Khwela carry my outfit.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Thanking me for large colour poster Bhidli slaughtered a goat in my honour, bringing me thus in contact with his ancestor spirits. He did it in the same way as Velabengasho (see the album "Velabengasho Khumalo").

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Bhidli is churning medicine. he wears two necklaces from beads. To one of them small medicine bottles are attached, to the other one a medicine horn with anti-lightning medicine.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

A young man from the Zulu clan fastens the goat's skin with pegs

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mbhekeni Mhlongo

Portrait of Mbhekeni.(see the whole figure: F10/10.) Mbhekeni in Velabengasho's kraal. In his umqhele (head band) from leorpard skin are two crane feathers, one of them dyed red.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mbhekeni Mhlongo

Mbhekeni Mhlongo in front of Velabengasho Khumalo's goat kraal. His frontal apron, isinene, is from genet and calf skins, his rear apron, ibheshu, from calf skin. On his left ankle he wears a bead ornament.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mbhekeni Mhlongo

On 8th October 1979 Mbhekeni is kneeling behind Laduma's large dance shield which has a size of a large war shield of the type inkumba. He carries Laduma's battle axe. The ceremonial cloak is Madela's. It is corresponds to the cloak of a traditional war doctor.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mbhekeni Mhlongo

Mbhekeni Mhlongo in front of his father Bhidli's cattle kraal. Cf. the corresponding picture of Bhidli F.19/9. Here are seen, to the left, another pair of cattle horns, They are coloured blue, for no special reason.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mbhekeni Mhlongo

In Laduma's kraal: Mbhekeni blows a trumpet which Laduma had made from an ox horn. His chain on the chest is made from glass beads and medicines, e.g. from roots and barks, and some in small glass containers. The long horn attached to a beaded necklace contains medicines.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mbhekeni Mhlongo

In Laduma's kraal; from the goat killed in Bhidli's kraal, Mbhekeni and Bhidli brought the skin to Madela's kraal where they made an "ingubo yamadlozi" from it (they covering on the ancestor spirit), also called iminqwamba. It is the ceremonial cover of the chest of an isangoma.(Cf.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mkhafuleni Khumalo

Mkhafuleni lifts his feather crown ( The garden of the Mhlongo kraal can be seen from Mbabazeni kraal which is immediately below Laduma's kraal

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mkhafuleni Khumalo

A roof is going to be repaired, Contour farming, according to an order of the South African Government to prevent soil erosin.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mkhafuleni Khumalo

Hanging down from the roof upon the wall; a twirling-stick for beer, utshwala. ; a necklace from small wooden sticks, iminyezane. On top of the picture of a python's skin. In the centre; a forked piece of wood for churning medicine; a knife, etc.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mkhafuleni Khumalo

Parts of bones and parts of wooden medicines. On top; isisefu solwandle= sea's sieve=a piece of coral

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mkhafuleni Khumalo

On the wall: a black sheep ram's skin with which Mkhafuleni covers his back when he fights the lightning. On top: a piece of coral and the cuttlebones= "excrements of the moon", for the treatment of eye sicknesses.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mkhafuleni Khumalo

Above the door: to the right two cattle horns. To the left part of a frame for sleeping and sitting mats, with painted ornaments

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mkhafuleni Khumalo

Twigs from umhlonishwa, skeletons of snakes, a knife, etc. (Cf. Medizinen, pp. 108, 109 with more detailed explainations.)

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mkhafuleni Khumalo

A little daughter of Mkhafuleni in the Great hut behind a large beer vessel, isikhamba. This is 43 cm high and stands within the fireplace. Its opening is covered with a rectangular eating mat, isithebe, and a plaited beer pot cover, umbenge, which is decorated with beads.

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