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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, 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

The plants protecting Bhidli's cattle kraal/pen. To the right the flowering cactus, imbuna (in no dictionary). To the left an orchid, imfe yenkawu, elophia.. Bhidli "if you want to send a dream to someone you have to mix imfe yenkawu with other medicines.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

On a meat tray there are two longer hind feet and two shorter forefeet of the goat F.18/23 as well as wristlet, "isiphandla". Madela has cut it from the skin on the forehead of the goat. With this wristlet Bhidli honoured later on the author.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

With a pocket knife Madela cuts off those bones of the joints of the metatarsia which are used for dividing as dices (amathambo "bones).

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

The two ankle bones have been placed on the meat tray while Madela continues to work. His neck-band is from leopard skin. The Creator, Mvelinqangi, had told him to wear it. His necklaces are better seen on F19/20.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

On the meat tray at the  metatarsia of the forefeet of the goat are the epiphyses visible but still in situ. At the longer metatarsia of the hind feet are the epiphyses visible in situ. The ankle bones (astralagi) have been placed next to the upper end of the metatarsia.

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Madela strikes with a stone as a hammer on a butcher's knife in order to cut off the epiphysis from the metatarsus of a hind foot which is placed on a large stone

Friends of Laduma Madela on Ceza Mountain, Bhidli Mhlongo

Bhidli, Laduma and Eric Khwela eat from the goat's liver from the meat tray on which there is also coarse white salt, into which the pieces of the liver were dipped.Bhidli wers in the middle of his headring the head skin of  a cata (which one?) and behind it two red Lourie feathers.

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!)

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 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

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 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 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

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).

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