Southern African Country Swaziland renamed eSwatini
|King Mswati III of eSwatini addressing the UN|
Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III, rules the nearly 1.5 million Swazi of eSwatini in South Africa.
"Land of the Swazi" people; the name "Swazi" derives from 19th century King MSWATI II, under whose rule Swazi territory was expanded and unified.
Mbabane is the capital and largest city.
At an estimated 26.9 percent, eSwatini has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world.
Music and dance are entrenched in traditional Swazi culture, the Umhlanga or Reed Dance and Incwala are popular traditional ceremonies.
There are traditional songs for every occasion: weddings, royal rituals, coming-of-age ceremonies, and national festivals.
Sibhaca dance is the best-known dance in eSwatini.
In eSwatini, women, who under traditional Swazi law are treated like children and are in effect owned by their husbands or fathers, are expected to live lives devoted to their men and families.
King Mswati III currently has 15 wives; his predecessor, his father had 125.
Swazi ethnic group account for 84 percent of the population.
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