How is the war dance of the Zulu warriors performed?

The Zulu perform an intricate ritual before going to battle.

The regiment, which is up to 1,000 warriors, congregate in the cattle kraal (the area blocked off for cattle near or within the village area) and jump around, miming their moves in battle.

This is done in full war regalia, which can include headdresses of animal skins, and/or ostrich feathers; civet skins rolled and sewed into a skirt that looks like its made of monkey tails; and cow tails hung around the neck, arms, and legs.

They sing unique regiment songs, getting psyched up to do battle.

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