Rustic Rastas: The Mpumalanga village where everyone loves the herb

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Rustic Rastas: The Mpumalanga village where everyone loves the herb

The Rastafarian community having a meeting in Waterval, Mpumalanga, 29 September 2019. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The river flowing along the settlement is revered, worshipped and protected by the residents as it brings life in the form of water and fish.

The red, yellow and green flag gently sways on a tree in front of a cluster of huts, painted in similar colours, and a heavy cloud of marijuana smoke hangs in the air. Dreadlocked men, women and children go about their Saturday routine, which includes creating handcrafts, playing with and schooling children in African history, as reggae music plays softly in the background. After a lunch of fruits and vegetables, washed down with water or marijuana tea and homemade juice, children gather and form a circle under the tree on which the flag is mounted. Elders of this community will...


 


 


 

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