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Asavela Mngqithi In Zulu Traditional Attire Doing The Ingoma Dance

Zulu Dance

Ingoma (isizingili)

The Zulu dance, ‘Ingoma,’ is a traditional dance usually performed by boys and girls without drums and accompanied by a chant. 

The girls wear woolen skirts or some other kind of fabric and are usually bare-chested. They also wear rattles made of seedpods around the ankles to accent the high kicks and give a kind of rhythm.

The Ingoma is one of the purest remnants of Zulu tradition. This dance is performed for transition ceremonies such as coming of age and weddings. 

In the past it was performed before a hunt as well as before battle. For the youth, it instils the tradition of sharing experiences and building solidarity through communal dance.

 

 

 

 

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