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Swazi virgins get busy ahead of annual ritual

Posted by Mai on August 29th, 2008
Swazi virgins get busy ahead of annual ritual

Agence France-Presse
First Posted 23:44:00 08/28/2008

NGABEZWENI—Swaziland’s King Mswati III on Thursday sent more than 50,000 virgin girls into the fields to cut reed for an annual ritual next week at which he may choose his 14th bride.

The ceremony on Monday comes ahead of controversial double celebrations to mark the impoverished kingdom’s 40 years of independence from Britain and Mswati’s 40th birthday on September 6.

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