King Mswati III participates yearly in the ceremonial Reed Dance, when as many as 25,000 girls of marriageable age enter the royal compound to dance before him. Whenever the beauty or dancing ability of a girl catches the king’s eye, he bends down and drops his shield in front of her to indicate his pleasure. The present monarch’s father had 65 wives and more than 100 children during his long reign.


  • Title: King Mswati III at Reed Dance
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1996
  • Location: Swaziland
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher


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