The white cream is for beautification and is commonly seen among the Xhosa women. Ms Krwice was a Pondo and had like a lot of other Xhosa-speaking women chopped off her left pinkie finger. This is also done to beautify the woman and is done by the woman's own will at any age. Some do it as early as five, others at 25, 30 or even later. It's an easy procedure. A knife is put on top the upper joint of the finger, then firmly pressed down and "splotch" the finger tip comes off. Something worth trying back home for those with a penchant for mutilations.
Expedition Wildcoast August 25th 2007 I copied the tidal-charts for the coming month, made a list of all the rivers we would encounter and stocked up on lightweight food and fresh water.
Our plan; to cycle the Wildcoast along its coastline, appeared quite straight forward we thought as we studied maps and read up on Xhosa-clans and their traditions. My list of rivers numbered 42, of which 20 were blind, one had a bridg ... read more
Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjug... ... read more