Judea (Shembe)

Overnight a large village springs up on a hill known as Judea between Eshowe and Gingindlovu, when thousands of pilgrims of the Nazareth Baptist Church gather for a month of prayer in October every year. The church, popularly known as the Shembe church, is the largest of the independent churches of South Africa and is a fascinating combination of Old Testament dogma, Christian and colonial symbolism and traditional Zulu culture.

Judea is an open piece of veld, just off the district road R884, with no structural facilities. It is advised that visitors use local guides on this occasion as there are certain taboos which need to be followed.

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