Scholarships were awarded to 16 female university students, which are conditional on them remaining virgins….those who received the scholarship would already have been tested as part of an annual Zulu ceremony, where virgin girls and women are pre-selected to perform a reed dance for King Goodwill Zwelithini.  Learn More BBC.com

In Zulu culture, virginity testing is traditionally performed by older women, who inspect a young woman or girls vagina for signs of an intact hymen � the membrane of skin the covers a womans vaginal opening at birth. If the hymen is not broken, it means that the woman/girl has not had sexual intercourse.  Virginity testing … is still widely practised, especially around the time of the annual Zulu reed dance in KwaZulu Natal. Only girls who have been certified as virgins can participate in the reed dance. Learn More⇒ hivsa.mobi

In Zulu culture, there is a tradition in which girls of a certain age can perform a dance for the king. However, only virgins are allowed to participate.[3] If a girl is tested and declared a virgin, she brings honor to her family.   A virginity test is the practice and process of determining whether a girl or woman is a virgin; i.e., whether she has never engaged in sexual intercourse. The test involves an inspection of the hymen, on the assumption that it can only be torn as a result of sexual intercourse.   Many researchers state that the presence of an intact hymen is not a reliable indicator of whether a female has been vaginally penetrated because the tearing of the hymen may have been the result of an involuntary sex act, such as rape, or other event.[10]    Learn More⇒Wikipedia

 

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2 comments on “Ukuhlolwa Kwezintombi – Zulu Virgin Test & Reed Dance

  1. If you were maybe raped at an early age while you still into Virginity testing what do you do to support the young lady? do you kick her out of the group or what?

    • This question is beyond my knowlege, which is limited to google search and what you see above. Try following the links of my research and maybe someone there can answer your question. If you do find an authoritative answer, please post it in comments on this page.

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