The mother-in-law dips her hands in the isihlambezo mixture (a few use water), rubs them together, and smears the medicine over the expectant woman’s stomach; the two old midwives, who will be touching her, follow suit. […] The Biyela infant’s grandmother takes an ukhezo (calabash spoon) and passes it over the baby’s head in a ladling motion from back to front but without touching it, or among the Khanyile, dabs the head with a small dry iselwa.

  • Source: Brindley, Marianne. “Old women in Zulu culture.” South African journal of ethnology -- Vol. 8, pp. 98-108, 1985.
  • Culture: Zulu
  • Location: Africa