The sun was shining, the kids were smiling and another great day was had!
Today’s work was much the same as yesterday we had to continue making bricks to be used for the building of the soup kitchen as well as digging out the foundation for the water catchment. In the hot sun everyone kept working hard determined to get their jobs done well.
Of course there were a lot of great time with the kids as well, as people took turns teaching English lessons, singing songs and playing group games.
After finishing at the Creches for the day we made our way to Veyane cultural village. It is a village within a Zulu community still set up traditionally to educate people on Zulu culture and maintain the culture for the younger Zulu generation.
Our lovely guide Zaa started off the tour by taking us to a local Sangoma (Zulu Doctor). Sangoma’s cannot decide to be one, but feel a calling in a dream from their ancestors and must take on the challenge. After four years of training they are then a Sangoma for the rest of their lives treating illness in the community through their secret medicines.
Once the Sangoma entered we learnt about different medicines she had made and when she had her calling to become one.
We were then shown the traditional dance of the Sangoma and people had the opportunity to hear their fortunes told!
After the visit to the Sangoma it was time to enter the local village. We were met by a Warrior outside who had to decide whether we were good visitors or those looking to cause trouble….
Luckily they decided we were good visitors and so we began the tour inside.
We learnt about the separate sleeping quarters of the Women and Men, the traditonal jobs of the local ladies and the outfits they wear.
It was so much fun getting involved in the Zulu culture and learning about all the differences from what we perceive as normal.
After touring the village and changing into the traditional clothes it was time for us to watch and participate in a Zulu celebration of singing, fighting and dancing.
It was a very entertaining finish to what had been a wonderful tour and lesson on Zulu culture.
Another great day coming to a close, I can’t believe how quickly the time is passing. Every day we grow closer as a group and I’m really not looking forward to saying goodbye.
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