Early Origins In the kgoro of the chiefs, you will be taken back to the origins of the Pedi nation north of Pretoria where a new culture was born – the Bapedi. You will be introduced to the rituals for “cleansing” as part of the preparation for the journey ahead.
Pedi Warriors At the footpath to the statue of Kgoshikgolo Sekhukhune I, the rituals of the transition from boys to men are explained, and their clothes and weapons displayed. Ascending Ntswaneng, the great warrior King Sekhukhune I can be seen where he watches over Tšate valley.
Pedi Women The important role of the Pedi woman is portrayed at the communal grinding stone where women used to grind wheat while singing and discussing rites of passage and marriage.
The Pedi Tribe Passing the Tšate Tribal Authority office and the Royal Moshate, the changing of the Pedi totem from kgabo to noku will be explained. You will hear how decisions are made in the community and be exposed to some of the customary laws that is mainly used to maintain proper order as defined by their belief and religious concepts.
Pedi Living On the way to the hiking trail up the mountain, present day community life and houses can be observed. At the lookout point, the settlement pattern of the entire community nestled in the Tšate valley unfolds. This is compared to the historical living arrangements at the time of Sekwati and Sekhukhune.
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