Image of Malodza and Kasiya  maliro
Photographer: Arjen van de Merwe

Malodza and Kasiya maliro

 

These are two of the gule structures. Malodza is a multi-headed goat that tells of the difficulties to a family when they have multiple births. Kasiya maliro is the ancestral mother structure of gule wamkulu, and has two major roles. It accompanies the body of deceased people (especially chiefs) to the graveyard, assisting transition to the world of the ancestors. Kasiya maliro is also instrumental in the initiation of boys. They climb under the structure and re-appear, reborn as men. The shape of Kasiya maliro is informed by that of the womb.