Minnie Dlamini's 'Umhlonyane' ceremony creates confusion

2015-01-06 14:00

Minnie Dlamini celebrated being a woman by having a traditional ceremony called Umhlonyane.

The ceremony is held when a woman reaches adulthood without conceiving a child. The TV presenter, who shared the journey on Instagram, has received a lot of criticism. According to some people, Umhlonyane is performed when a girl is entering her teen years.

One person even explained on Facebook and wrote: "Umhlonyane is done when a girl has had her first menstrual period. It's done for a virgin a girl who's never had sex never had a boyfriend. That's why its done on her first menstruation cause its understood that she's still a virgin at that age..." 

Some fans even wondered if Minnie's ceremony was not supposed to be Umemulo, which is held when girl transitions into womanhood.

But Minnie has defended her tradition. In fact, she took to Twitter to reveal how disgusted she was. She wrote: "Culture is not written down like religion, it is passed down through practice from our forefathers. Thus each family's rituals are unique!"

She added: "NO ONE and NO DEGREE has the right to question another family's cultural ritual procedures!!! #INSULTED." 

*Picture: Instagram



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