National Geographic : 1978 Jan
YMBOLS OF ROYALTY accent the presence of King Zwelithini (above) as he joins two Swazi prin cesses in a wedding dance. His dress: a leopard-skin cloak, a necklace of lion claws, and a collar of wildcat tails. On their wedding day the king first sees his bride when ceremonies shift to an outdoor arena. The Swazi reti nue begins to dance for Zulu royalty and officials. Suddenly Princess Mant fombi emerges from a wave of chanting Zulu King Weds a Swazi Princess women. Holding a sword high, she turns, and with flashing blade, points at the king, choosing him as her man. Feathers are then transferred from her headdress to his as a seal of tribal bonds. To complete civil rites, a police man now asks the couple if they truly love each other. Old and new ways also mix in the clothing style of a Zulu family (above), among the 25,000 people on hand to cheer the newlyweds (left).