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So long, Mandela!

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

So long, Mandela!

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JOHANNESBURG – Nelson Mandela’s casket was draped in a lion skin, an ox was ritually slaughtered and a family elder kept talking to the body’s spirit.
The state funeral for South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon yesterday included these rituals from the tradition of the Xhosa tribe, to whom Mandela’s Thembu clan belongs.