Kingdom of Swaziland


And so to the Kingdom of Swaziland, the country of my childhood.


I lived there as a child, until the age of about 11 – the age my son is now.

I can still clearly remember attending independence celebrations at the age of 5 when Swaziland was granted independence from Britain.

We learnt from Wikipedia that Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV/Aids in the world.

On Youtube we watched the reed dances and talked about how the young virgins come every year to dance for the king. As a polygamist, very often he will select a new wife from among the young virgins.

news_20120712 reed dance

We discussed the Sangoma and Inyanga – traditional diviners and healers. The Sangoma is the diviner who will often go into a trance, and is consulted on matters of death and crimes. The Inyanga is a herbalist and pharmacist – a traditional healer.

Swaziland is rich in the creative arts, and we ‘visited’ the Swazi candle factory, where the most stunning decorated candles are crafted, and also watched a Youtube video of glass blowing at the Ngwenya Glass Factory.

swazi candles       swazi glass

We plan to make some Swazi food for supper this evening.

We will enjoy Harira, a mutton dish. These are the directions for making it:


  • 1 pound mutton
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • cooked rice
  • cooked chickpeas
  • one spring parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper


  • Cut mutton in small pieces and roll into balls.
  • Place in pot of boiling water.
  • Add butter and simmer two hours.
  • After you put the butter add remaining ingredients.
  • Cook and mix often until the mixture boils again.
  • Then roast ten minutes.
  • Serve it very hot in rice bowls.

On the side, we will add an avocado salad, with lemon juice, and spiced with ginger.

YUM!! Sounds good!

NEXT STOP:  Mozambique


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