You are expected to adhere and strictly observe the culture norms which embrace the taboos before the throne.

Taboos

                          It is forbidden to:

  • Do not shake hands with the Mwata unless he offers himself    (For protection from any physical or spiritual attack)

  • Do not hand gifts to Mwata directly, place them on the ground or table    (For protection from any physical or spiritual attack)

  • Do not watch Mwata eat, he eats alone   (So enemies will not know which foods to contaminate)

  • Do not cross legs if offered a seat, otherwise sit on the mat in the audience of the Mwata    (To appear that nothing is concealed)

  • To draw Mwata's attention clap your hands three times   (It gives order to a room of people so only one talks at a time)

  • Don't break news about death to Mwata, it is done through a councillor  (To hide the emotional response, it would show weakness)

  • Mwata is greeted by clapping the hands three times in standing or kneeling posture  (To show respect and to alert Mwata how many are in the room)

  • It is forbidden to trespass in the royal graveyard and shrines (To keep graverobbers away and to apease the spirits)

  • It is forbidden to step over the muselo (hamok or litter)   (For protection from any physical or spiritual attack)

  • An injured person is forbidden from entering the palace  (To keep any deseases or infections away from the palace)

  • Only invited guest are allowed to sleep in the Techota (part of the palace)  (For protection from any physical or spiritual attack)

  • No smoking in the Palace  (To prevent any accidental fires from occuring)

  • No dogs are allowed in the Palace   (To keep any deseases or infections away from the palace)

  • Women are at times restricted from entering the palace during PMSing.   (To keep any deseases or infections away from the palace)
This page was last updated: July 5, 2015
Note: To explain why these restrictions are put in place read the red lettering.
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