Young girls carry reeds as they make their way to the Queen Mother’s Royal Palace to deliver them at Ludzidzini in Mbabane, Swaziland, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, ahead of Monday’s Reed Dance. The annual event brings unmarried girls from all over Swaziland to pay homage to the Swazi Queen Mother, Ntombi Thwala. In recent years Swazi King, Mswati III, has also used the occasion to select a new wife.
[Credit : Themba Hadebe/AP]

Young girls carry reeds as they make their way to the Queen Mother’s Royal Palace to deliver them at Ludzidzini in Mbabane, Swaziland, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, ahead of Monday’s Reed Dance. The annual event brings unmarried girls from all over Swaziland to pay homage to the Swazi Queen Mother, Ntombi Thwala. In recent years Swazi King, Mswati III, has also used the occasion to select a new wife.

[Credit : Themba Hadebe/AP]


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