We traveled with our tour guides outside of Durban into a more rural setting where there are modern traditional villages. This particular village is using the tour industry to create a business for its people and educating visitors about their way of life.
The Head Man of this village with a visitor...
The traditions and rules of the village are still upheld and followed here. If anyone breaks the rules or steals there is a review with the Head man who has the power to punish if necessary with whippings or even banishment from the village. The result is a peaceful and rule abiding community.
We also visited the healer of the village who uses traditional herbs and concoctions for all types of ailments. One becomes a healer after feeling a "calling". The calling can come in the form of a dream or in the form of being depressed about one's life. If you are depressed it may be that the spirit is calling you and you are not following the call. We came upon this man dressed in bright green crushing herbs in is mortar with his large pestle.
Next we were invited to have the Zulu beer. We had heard of it but when it was offered to all sip from the same cup, rather pitcher, we declined. But then, we had another chance at our Zulu lunch. At the beginning of our tour we first stopped in Durban at an open market where the people in all areas go to shop. We were each given a task to buy vegetables for our lunch. They traveled with us to the village and then were given to a woman who cooked for us while we were meeting the Head Man and the Healer.
Very Interesting....Learning about Africa in ways I never thought I would.
Tomorrow, the closing ceremonies and the gala dinner.....
And then, we are coming home!