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Hide and seek (Peek-a-boo)

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Mr. V Mngomezulu of uMlazi C section explained that in this game one child would go and hide. All the others go out and look for the one who has hid himself.

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The person consulted

The researcher spoke to Mr. V. Mngomezulu of uMlazi C section who explained about this game.

Who play this game?

This game is played by boys and girls between the ages of 4 – 10.

What is used to play the game?

No equipment is used to play the game.

When is the game played?

This game is played during the day if it is not raining throughout the year.

Where is this game played?

This game is played in an open area, but where children would be able to hide.

How is this game played?

This is a very old game. There is no limit to the number of participants. One child goes away and hides. The rest of the children wait until he/she shouts “come” then they start looking. The one who finds him/her will take the next turn of hiding. They play until they get tired and change to another game. One would find a child tightly standing at the corner or wardrobe trying to hide from others.

Custom associated with this game.

This game taught children to be able to hide. The Zulu people would hide during times of wars for the safety of their lives. That is why children had to be able to hide.

Source

From a Masters dissertation by Victoria Mkhize for the School of IsiZulu, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Supervised by Professors P.J. Zungu and V. Prabhakaran.