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Riding children as horses

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Mr. Ngema of Ndundulu explains that the older boy would carry the younger boys around their necks and run around with them like horses.

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The person consulted

Mr. A Ngema gave an explanation of how this game is played which will be detailed hereunder.

Who play this game?

This game is played by boys of mixed ages from 3 years to 10 years.

What is used to play this game?

Boys play this game using each other.

When is this game played?

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

Where is this game played?

This game needs an open cleared space to be played well.

How is this game played?

An older boy takes a younger boy and carries him by his neck. The older boy becomes a horse for the younger one. The younger one would let his feet hang over on either side of the neck and use his hands to hold the older one tight in the head. Other boys will also pair themselves. Then the older boys will compete like horses over who the winner will be. The one who finishes the race first becomes the winner although no prize was given for this.

Custom associated with this game

African people have always been riding horses since ancient times. Traditionally, the head of families ride horses. Children would then imitate the elders by playing this game.

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.