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Swazi Reed Dance

Annually, some 40 000 Swazi maidens dance in front of King Mswati III in one of the most important ceremonies in the deeply traditional kingdom of Swaziland. Mswati, who has either 13 or 14 wives, sometimes controversially uses the occasion to select a new bride. Africa’s last absolute monarch, Mswati features in the Forbes list of the world’s 15 wealthiest royals as its youngest member and the only one from sub-Saharan Africa, with a net worth of some $100 million. All photos © Jon Hrusa/EPA


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