African Studies | Topics in African Studies
L400 | 27020 | Betty Dlamini

Umhlanga Reed Dance

The aim of this course is to introduce the students into the
Umhlanga Reed Dance Ceremony, one of the rich cultures of the Swazi
and Zulu people of Southern Africa which is also one of two major
ceremonies of Swaziland that has given the country its uniqueness.
The couse will focus on the Swazi experience because Swaziland is
the country that has fully maintained this culture without fail
since the foundation of the Swazi nation. It is designed to
increase studentsí appreciation of African cultures and particularly
Umhlanga Reed Dance as a domain for expression of ideas about
politics, corruption, citizenship, national history, identity, as
well as being a platform for social criticism.