Swazi Women Burn Their AIDS Sex-Ban Tassels

A pile of thousands of woollen tassels symbolising chastity has been set on fire in Swaziland to mark the end of a sex ban imposed by King Mswati III.
The secret ceremony took place at the crack of dawn. Men were banned.
After the tassels were burnt, some 30,000 Swazi girls danced in the national stadium in front of the king, before feasting on slaughtered cattle.
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UPDATE 30th August:
King comes courting 20,000 virgin dancers »
(Thanks to Milly for passing this on!)

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