Shembe descend on holy mountain in KZN for annual pilgrimage

A sea of singing Shembe worshippers, clad in white, ascended the holy mountain of Khenana, north of Durban, earlier this month as part of their month-long pilgrimage for 2019.

The green hills quickly became dampened with mist as men, women and young girls from the Nazareth Baptist Church walked barefoot up the mountain last week Wednesday.

There, they received a sermon of unity.

It is believed that the church’s founder, known as Isaiah Shembe, initiated this pilgrimage in 1911 after receiving a call from God to walk to the top of the Nhlangakazi mountain.

Since then, the church has become home to more than a million followers who embark on this journey on the first Sunday of the new year.

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