Followers of the traditional Swazi religion believe in a supreme being known as Mkhulumnqande.He created the Earth but is not worshiped and demands no sacrifices.It is spoken in Swaziland and in the Eastern Transvaal province of the Republic of South Africa. The Swazis suffered relatively little political disruption from colonial rule.Thus their oral tradition may be the richest still existing in southern Africa.At puberty, a boy joins his libutfo (age regiment).
The Reed Dance honors i Ndlovukazi, the Queen Mother.
Following puberty, a girl's and boy's families begin marriage negotiations.
The groom and his family transfer bride-wealth (lobola) to the bride's family.
Mulembe and her mother had the finest clothes of the finest fabrics, and the two could do no wrong in the king's eyes.
The king insisted that the two sleep only on the skins of the rare golden otter.