After the marriage is consummated, the knife will be pointed down.For a Zulu bride, marriage means disconnecting from her ancestral line of birth and joining her husbands ancestral lineage.Zulu Woman Carrying Beer Pot, Zululand, South Africa On the day of the actual Zulu wedding ceremony, the bride is decorated with red and white ocher designs on her legs and arms.Bags of pebbles are tied to her ankles (these are primarily for their rhythmic effect during dancing).She wears a veil made of beads and twisted fig leaves; oxtail fringes are tied to her elbows and knees and a goat’s hair fringe is worn around her neck.
Interestingly, Caine was also unable to ride a horse so a member of the filming crew took his place in the scene where he crosses the stream on horseback at the beginning of the film.Once a couple has decided to move forward with marriage they are allowed to spend some nights together with the permission of the senior girls in the bride’s kraal i.e. She will be periodically examined to make sure that she is still a virgin, and if she loses her virginity, the groom-to-be or his family will be required to pay a fine and the wedding ceremony will be carried out immediately. The cattle serve as insurance in the event of his death OR if he rejects her or leaves her unjustly.The cattle will be a source of financial support for her (and any children they may have had). bride price, also serves as a guarantee to the girl’s father that he (the groom/husband-to-be) will take care of his daughter.At some point during the during the ceremony the bride does a dance of her own during which she kicks her leg high in order to show her mother that she is a virgin.The dowry negotiations are fierce mainly fueled by the father-of-the-bride demanding top payment for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
When a Zulu girl is ready for marriage, her father will arrange a coming-out ceremony to introduce her to society and formally make her availability for marriage known. Once she gives her consent, the number of cattle that will be given to her father in exchange for her is negotiated.