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Image from page 487 of “Natal province : descriptive guide and official hand-book” (1911)
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Identifier: natalprovincedes00tatl
Title: Natal province : descriptive guide and official hand-book
Year: 1911 (1910s)
Authors: Tatlow, A.H South African Railways. Publicity Dept
Subjects: Railroads
Publisher: Durban, Natal : South African Railways Printing Works
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto

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m to presenttheir immediate heads with particular por-tions of any beasts slaughtered by themfrom time to time. The king had sometwenty or more huge kraals, though byno means equal to one another, erected atsuitable places throughout the country.It was to these that the cadets, at aboutthe age of 18, went year by year to betrained. At some of the more importantwere stationed one or more regiments orsections of regiments. In connection witheach of these kraals, moreover, was whatwas known as the isigodhlo, that is, theupper portion of the kraal which was cut offfrom the remainder by an extraordinarilyhigh fence built with the object of concealingfrom view the private apartments of theroyal household. It was into this enclosurethat every girl presented to the king wasput and there confined, under the super-vision of an elderly mother of the king,until either married off by royal command to some person of note (who thereupon paid a heavy lobola) or kept by the king himself asa concubine.

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A Musician Irs?{Photo by Trappists Under the Zulu regime, as has already been stated, marriage was controlled by the king.The great Feast of the First Fruits, held annually at the principal royal kraal (each king hadhis own capital) and during the first week of January, was usually the occasion on which newlaws were proclaimed and formal permission given to certain clearly-defined groups of menand girls to marry inter se. This, of course, did not affect the right of a father to get lobolafor his daughter, by lobola being meant a number of cattle, usually not exceeding seven oreight—though not all delivered at once—presented by way of compensation for the loss of thegirls services and as a visible guarantee on the part of the bridegroom that he would treatthe girl in accordance with the best usages of the country. The practice of marriage being specially licensed by the king brought about an eminentlysatisfactory state of affairs. If individuals sometimes suffered, the community at

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