Religion: Shembe pilgrimage to holy mountain

2009-01-06 00:00

Members of the Shembe faith (Nazareth Baptist Church), a religious hybrid of Christianity and African traditions, walk toward the Nhlangakazi Mountain during their annual pilgrimage near Inanda, north of Durban, on Monday.

Isaiah Shembe, a Zulu healer, formed the church a century ago to infuse African tribalism into Christianity brought over by western missionaries. The pilgrims spend two weeks on the mountain praying and dancing.

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