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Umhlanga Reed Dance 2011 - Swaziland

Ten years after...
2011 ceremony of the Umhlanga Reed Dance in Swaziland, surprised me because several things had changed since 2001 (even if girls, music, enthusiasm might be the same). This year event was much more organized and, of course, not as "genuine" or "naive" than the 2001 one.
Strong accent was put on virginity as a great value (but today's virgin has the original meaning of "untouched"), particularly to counter the extremely high diffusion of HIV-SIDA in the region.
Promoters also try to attract tourism with this event and, apparently, they succeed.
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