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I propose to study a Xhosa woman Florence with no specific tribal ties who married a member of a prominent albeit poor Pondo family After living in Pondoland Transkei they eventually moved 1990 to a farm is Swellendam our farm along with 2 other families This move brought about many changes in both lifestyle and the way in which their traditions and culture are practiced I propose to firstly look at the way in which their lifestyle has changed or in some cases have opposed western or modern changes because of cultural beliefs eg Upon arriving in Swellendam they promptly refused electricity believing that the Tokoloshe would follow the electrical lines to their house However after a few years of reasoning they agreed to have electricity installed if they could bury the power lines themselves thereby ensuring that the Tokoloshe cannot walk on them There are also a number of culturaltraditional changes that were very interesting especially concerning religion and initiations Originally they conducted their initiations and circumcision in the nearby mountains However later they were convinced that have the circumcisions done at the local hospital would be much safer After a few year they again returned to doing it in the mountains by request of the initiates themselves even though the elders agreed that the hospital would be safer The interesting thing was that while in Pondoland they would never have considered changing their rites could their move to Swellendam away form their traditional environment have triggered this Here I find I disagree with some of my sources most believe that the Pondo would not easily change their age-old initiation rites yet they did this easily However the return to the original rites could signify a return to their roots and a need for belonging and association for the younger Pondo generation growing up in Swellendam I would also like to refer to their tribes custom of severing the first phalanx
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