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Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Thembani Alexina Dlamini-Khumalo

Portrait of Thembani Alexina Dlamini Khumalo. Below the topkot she wears a band white beads with some coloured ornaments, umnqwazi, a token of respect she ows to her in-laws.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mxoveni Khumalo

We are leaving Mxoveni's wedding in time before rain started. To the left Laduma' favourite wife Ziphelaphi Mhlongo. On her white woolen cap a feather from a guinea fowl demonstrating her being a medicine woman. This feather brings good luck.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mxoveni Khumalo

After the religious ceremony the bridegroom changed into traditional skin dress, partly, however supplied by perlon plush and plastic (bandoliers and head dress). In his head ornament a coloured crane feather.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mxoveni Khumalo

During the weeding ceremony bride and bridegroom showed-according to Zulu custom-sad faces. Especially the bride has demonstrate her own sorrow for leaving her family. For the Zionist wedding bride and bridegroom are dressed in a modern way.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Mxoveni Khumalo

Laduma Madela accompanied the bride's party and blew his horn in order to ask permission for the bride's party to enter the bridegroom's kraal for the wedding.

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).

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, 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

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

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 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

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, Bhidli Mhlongo

Bhidli drinks out of a beer pot, ukhamba.- On the door of his hut is a black cross as a protection against lightning.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Bhidli has put part of the meat on an enamel plate, to the left, and continues to cut the meat which is on the meat tray.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Bhidli points at his "bones" consisting of different materials, e.g. ankle bones and epiphyses, shells, stones, money etc.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Bhidli has removed the upper meat tray and cuts the meat. On Bhidli's hips are his side tails,izinjong, seen.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Laduma Madela in Bhidli's private hut. In front of him a meat tray with part of the boiled goar's meat covered with another, smaller meat tray. Madela in one of the typical Zulu men's sitting positions.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Bhidli in one of the typical Zulu men's sitting positions. Both sides his legs are sides tails, izinjongo (K. Schlosser's favourote picture of Bhidli!)

Head of a Zebra

Color scene of a head of a Zebra.

A Man with a plumed hat

Color portrait of a man showing off his plumed hat.

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