South African worshippers make annual pilgrimage to holy mountain


Originally published by Agence France-Presse (AFP), photographs by RAJESH JANTILAL.

Thousands of white-robed devotees of the Shembe Church in South Africa greeted the New Year last week by climbing the mountain of Nhlangakazi, sacred to them for more than a century.

Oldest independent indigenous Church in Southern Africa

A follower of the Nazareth Baptist Church from the Ekuphakameni group also known as the Shembe Church dressed in traditional attire prays at the Nhlangakazi Holy Mountain in Ndwedwe 85 kilometres north of Durban on January 5, 2019. – The devotees climb the mountain as part of their annual pilgrimage. The church was founded in 1913 and is one of the largest African traditionalist church in Africa. They walk up to 80kms barefoot praying, worshipping, singing, dancing and camping…

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