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Photographer: Arjen van de Merwe

Chidodolo

 

Chidodolo is the one who delays. Here we have a sorrowful wife, who bemoans the fact that her husband delays in giving her a child. This is a euphemism for his being impotent. Many gule characters tell of the troubles of impotent husbands, and in general, they are not sympathetic. The man who cannot produce children betrays his obligations to his wife’s family and his community.