Wood / Nxumelo Umembeso in Mduku Village

The Umembeso ceremony celebrates the union of two families in marriage in Zulu culture.

I was at the ceremony as a guest of the Wood family; and as such I have perceived the ceremony with a slant from the the groom’s perspective.

The groom’s family give gifts to the bride’s family as the bride leaves her family and joins the family of the groom. Here the family of Douglas Wood gives the family of Imbali Nxumalo the gifts at her father’s homestead near Mduku Village in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.