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Marrying Young Virgins As A Tradition & Polygamy

Updated on May 7, 2009

Marrying Young Virgins As a Tradition And Polygamy

King Mswati III of Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarch is a leading champion of this practice. Born in 1968, King Mswati III was crowned in 1986 at the young age of 18, replacing his long-serving father King Sobhuza II, who died at the age of 82.  At  the annual "Reed Dance Festival" the King has the option of choosing for himself a new wife from among the thousands of bare breasted maidens present.The kingdom of Swaziland is one of the world's last remaining absolute monarchies in the world with the following profile:

  • Population: 1.1 million (UN, 2005)
  • Capital: Mbabane
  • Area: 17,364 sq km (6,704 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Swazi, English (both official)
  • Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
  • Life expectancy: 32 years (men), 33 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Lilangeni = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Sugar, wood pulp, minerals
  • GNI per capita: US $1,350 (World Bank, 2005)

King Mswati III

The Young Virgins

 During the "UMHLANGA (reed dance) FESTIVAL" Tens of thousands of virgin, bare breasted maidens danced for Swaziland's King Mswati III in a traditional dance at Ludzidzini palace outside the capital Mbabane. Most of these young bare breasted maidens hopes to get the attention of the King and becomes his new bride. At last count the King has at least 13wives. According to Swazi tradition, the King is always ment to have a bride in waiting. He can only marry her when she is prgenant. His own late father, King Sobhuza 11 who led the country to Independence from Great Britain had at least 70 wives

 

Young Maidens(The Reed dance Festival)
Young Maidens(The Reed dance Festival)
Young Maidens(The Reed dance Festival)
Young Maidens(The Reed dance Festival)
Young Maidens(The Reed dance Festival)
Young Maidens(The Reed dance Festival)

The King, His Country, And Life Style

Regardless of whether we agree or not about the young maidens, polygamy and an absolute monarchy, it is hard not to appreciate what Swaziland has to offer tourist as a country. The Mountainous sights, the friendly people and food. But unfortunately The Reed Dance Festival and polygamy in the face of the high rates of HIV/AIDS, and the Kings rather lavish lifestyle is serious cause for concern. In the small country where there is huge poverty, the King spends $millions to celebrate his 40th birthday. He also spends millions on super luxury vehicles and has some of the best cars on his collections. He also lavish his wives with gifts of cars amongst other things. It is the dream of most young girls to be the wife of King Mswati, this means they will move into the palace and their every needs attended to. The issue of polygamy doesn't bother them, who could blame them when the avegare inhabitant lives on less than $1 a day?

King Mswati III & One of his Queen
King Mswati III & One of his Queen
King Mswati III
King Mswati III
King Mswati III (The Reed dance Festival)
King Mswati III (The Reed dance Festival)
King Mswati III & One of his Queen
King Mswati III & One of his Queen
King Mswati III (The Reed dance Festival)
King Mswati III (The Reed dance Festival)
Queen Inkhosikati LaMbikiza (One of the Kings Queen)
Queen Inkhosikati LaMbikiza (One of the Kings Queen)
Queen-mswati (One of the kings Queen)
Queen-mswati (One of the kings Queen)
One of the Kings cars
One of the Kings cars

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      Boomer Music Man 21 months ago

      It's their custom, but for me polygamy has always been a BIG question mark.

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      LIHLE NDLONDLO 2 years ago

      I AM A SWAZI AND I WILL DIE AS SWAZI,I LIKE OUR SWAZI CULTURE.TO BE HONESTLY,I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU PEOPLE ARE SO WORKED UP ABOUT THINGS THAT DO NOT CONCERN YOU.AND WHAT IS VERY SUPRISNG THE GIRLS ARE SO HAPPY,THEIR FAMILIES ARE HAPPY,AND ALSO THE MAJESTY KING MSWATI III IS OVER THE MOON.THE KING IS DOING WELL BY NOT LETTING HIS FOREFATHERS TRADITIONALCULTURE DOWN.FORWARD EVER SWAZILAND.

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      mwanje quraish 2 years ago

      God created societies with their own culture,why do u wish to embrace the western culture and leave yours behind...africa ooooye?

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      MALIRE 3 years ago

      I applaud the Swaziland people for respect and pride of their African culture. It is a culture which recognizes marriage institution as the foundation stone for a morally upright society. It is a shame to hear sexual perverts from the west (i.e. America & Europe) and a few lost sheep from Africa condemn the culture in preference to corrupt western marriage & relationships which do not respect the human dignity & general moral principles. The pervert western culture encourages immorality and disrespect for human dignity by engaging in immoral relationships such as homosexuality, bestiality, etc. Shame on all of them!

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      bhavesh 5 years ago

      it amezing fesrival and those pepol look like a simple life may be it really seenble................

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      white maasai 5 years ago

      its interesting it is a dream for me one day to participate by watching the festival by may own eyes yes that is how African tradition works

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      white maasai 5 years ago

      its interesting it is a dream for me one day to participate by watching the festival by may own eyes yes that is how African tradition works

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      Aaron 5 years ago

      that idea is really terrible they are leading our continent down King mswatti needs to be punished

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      BRONI 5 years ago

      Then when the double covenant was made by man and woman,

      through sex, another covenant altogether (not the original covenant,

      but another covenant), now what’s introduced? Polygamy, in all.

      Then, after the beginning, polygamy was introduced both in man

      and in beasts; after the beginning, the fall. God now, secondarily,

      sets a new nature again, by sex. God created the first without sex.

      Do you believe that? [Congregation says, “Amen.”_Ed.] Now it’s

      another covenant with nature, He sets it in another order, by sex.

      Second covenant: one male, many females; one buck deer, a whole

      harem of does. Is that right? One bull, a whole herd of cattle, cows;

      one rooster, a yardful of hens. Is that right? One David, after His

      Own heart, with five hundred wives; with a hundred children born to

      him, in one year, of different women, a man after God’s Own heart.

      One Solomon, with a thousand wives. But notice now, it wasn’t so at

      the beginning, but now it’s “after” the beginning. The woman has

      done this, then she just becomes what she is now. See?

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      Gunluvr 6 years ago from Decatur, Georgia

      That 1st queen looks a little too westernized(like my sister)and anxious to take a guy to divorce court for my taste.

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      Samuel - Uganda, April ,2012. 6 years ago

      Liberal freedoms require that people do what they believe in within the law without hurting the rights of others contrary to their belief. Swaziland should make the reed dance optional, so that people who have outgrown traditional thinking are let to go about their lives with absolutely freedom while those still traditional can go on with the reed dance until when they have gotten civilized.

      On polygamy, education &economic empowerment shall wipe it away. To me, its poverty & economic dependence that precipitates polygamous tendencies. Educate the Swazi girls & create opportunities for decent gainful employment, they will rebel oppression of being ganged under an oppressive culture in the name of beings queens to the King!

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      kodingo 6 years ago

      I wish I was the King. Keep it on man.

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      muta 6 years ago

      afrika for africans.

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      TK 6 years ago

      IM FROM S.A AND IM DOING A HISTORY PROJECT ON WHY DO YOUNG FEMALES PRACTICE THIS IS IT GOOD OR BAD TO DO A ZULU REED DANCE OR SWAZI REED DANCE ..

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      Stephen-Norah 6 years ago

      Do such cultures still exist on this modern planet? Woooooooh! It's interesting.

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      petros 6 years ago

      he is a pervert like muhammad.

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      DEN MASH 6 years ago

      AS AN AFRICAN I DO UNDESTAND TRADITIONAL WAYSBOF DOING THINGS,POLYGAMY IS NOT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE,IT SENDS WRONG MESSAGE TO THE YOUTH.IT S NEVER WRONG TO MAINTAIN TRADITION BUT NOW ADAYS SOME THINGS MUST BE IGNORED BECAUSE THE WORLD S EVOLVING.

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      Rap m. 7 years ago

      It is a pity and disrespect for human dignity to subject women to such an experience. What is so special marrying that 'human" being?.Lack of knowledge is a tragedy to humanity.People should be liberated.That guy is just like any other and has time limit here to worship that libido then he will bow before judgement seat.

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      mismatch 7 years ago

      Papa Nzinga and others, shame on you to say that the girls are happy and their families too. Scandals rocked Swaziland and South Africa when one girl's family was definitively unhappy about their daughter's grabbing from the festival and another of his wives run away when she saw that married life in the KIngs' harem was not the way she thought. People should not assume, presume and talk on behalf of others anyways. What do we know how happy women are with their husbands? About Mma Nompumelelo's situation of happiness when her husband just took the following wife after a year of being married to her, the whole South Africa knows, it is enough to check the South African papers of last year this time.Another of Mr. Zuma's wives committed suicide. Another one divorced him.

      Let women and men just marry and then if they want someone else get divorced first and pay the alimony for the freedom of being selfish.

      http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-best-get-married-onl...

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      shokolo 7 years ago

      See the results-a queen and a bodyguard massala.The writing is on the wall.

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      Eddie 7 years ago

      Lucky Bastard!

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      Poly what? 7 years ago

      A few of them have been caught with their dresses up with some of his allies/mates. Perfect logic...! The practice is disgusting.

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      PJ 7 years ago

      The poor king can not keep up with his many wives, some are wondering to the arms of his top allies.

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      TS 7 years ago

      These young girls are pure virgins, they get checked now and then. Oh yes! this is so sweeet.

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      ras 8 years ago

      at least he is not gay

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      Kouros 8 years ago

      The whole nation has accepted King Mswati and they acknowledge their culture, who are you to think otherwise. just mind your own business and let the swazis do their thing. you are probably jealous of the king. life is not fair you know.........

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      8 years ago

      JUST GIVIN THE POOR A HOPE N A FUTURE SO WATS THE PROPLEM

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      king mashego leroro 8 years ago

      i think the great king mswati is doing good jb by not letting his forefathers traditional culture down the drain.

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      king mashego leroro 8 years ago

      i think the great king mswati is doing good jb by not letting his forefathers traditional culture down the drain.

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      Anthony Mashigo 8 years ago

      So unbelivable, I think Afrika still has a long way towards achieving and living the good life. For me there is nothing wrong with the reed dance since it pomotes self respect and reduces risks of sexually attained problems but Mswati is absolutely insane.

      Yes it is the Swazi culture for the king to marry many wives but culture is dynamic therefore for this day, age and context it is inapropriate to have 13 wives. Now young girls will stay beautiful, virgins and innocent but wont know love and independnce since their dreams are to get impregnated by the king and then marry him.

      I think someone needs to take the king somewhere nice and quiet and knock some sence into him then give him 40 days and 40 nights to think about this matter. Poor beautiful virgins!

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      Papa Nzinga 8 years ago

      I do not understand why you people are so worked up about things that do not concern you. The girls are happy, their families are happy, and the king is happy; what is your problem? I cannot understand how anyone can claim that polygamy brings AIDS. If anything, it impedes AIDS because the people stop going everywhere else to look for sex. What brings AIDS is the homosexuality Europeans are trying to impose on uninterested and disgusted Africans..

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      MR Black 8 years ago from UK, Europe

      Polygamy is definitely not a cool thing. Think about the pressure he is under to keep up to these young things, and what kind of independence do these women have?

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      sassychic 9 years ago

      hmmm Im not so sure Im digging this one, I think it's a little gusty for me to talk about this one. I personally didn't think the best for this one.

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      GeneriqueMedia 9 years ago from Earth

      Way interesting.

      Honestly, I'm not surprised at this type of stuff...more women than men, and men want to have the biggest stable of them all.

      G|M

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      Aragon5000 9 years ago

      @ AEvans, yes he sure does test these women for Aids and other STD's prior to marriage. Wow! About Polygamy so you are only concerned about the STD what about having the person all to your self, you are really generous lol. Yes it's a real shame about the King's lavish style considering the state of poverty. Thanks for stopping by.. See ya!

      @RK Henry thanks for stopping by.

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      Aragon5000 9 years ago

      @Cindyvin, I believe King Mswati is very smart about protecting his own self because he normally sends his fiancée for AIDS test. Thanks for stopping by

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      Cindy Vine 9 years ago from Cape Town

      Would probably have AIDS tests I would imagine, and Jacob Zuma, the proposed to new president of South Africa has quite a few wives and first ladies as well! Could be quite pricey when other leaders entertain him and his first ladies

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Interesting , it is a shame that the country is starving and others he is living lavishly. My concern with sharing (polygamy) is veneral diseases. Do they test these women for Aids and other STD's prior to marriage? It is a very good hub . :)

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      RKHenry 9 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

      Very interesting hub.

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