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The Leopards of Lord Shembe

Video By : James Kydd

Location : Mount Ebuhleni, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Date : 2012-07-30



The Shembe men were proud and strong, their chiseled warrior faces sternly concentrating on the timing of their dance, raising their shields and planting their feet in clouds of dust. Photos of the Lord Shembe hung from their necks. Cow hides draped around their wastes. Springbok amulets were strapped on their arms. Brightly coloured ostrich plumes rose from their head dresses. And somewhere close to 700 leopard skins lay on their shoulders.
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