Gwaza Muthini

Cultural in Macaneta Beach

Each year Marracuene fills up with visitors commemorating those who died resisting colonial rule in the 1895 Battle of Marracuene. At the heart of the festivities is the killing of a hippo from the Nkomati River and the kuphalha (invocation of the ancestors) ceremony, although the hippo hasn’t been very forthcoming recently and a goat is usually roasted instead.

Gwaza Muthini also marks the beginning of the season for ukanhi – a traditional brew made from canhu, the fruit of the canhoeiro tree found throughout Maputo and Gaza provinces, and considered sacred in much of the region.


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