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Swaziland is almost completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa, though its eastern border touches Mozambique. It is the smallest African country south of the Sahara, covering an area of approximately 17,000 square kilometers and with an estimated population of 1,123,913. Since the 1880s, globalization in the form of the arrival of Christian missionaries had a great influence on the development of religion in the Swazi Kingdom. Legend has it that one of the early kings of Swaziland (King Somhlolo) had a vision of a strange man with long hair who would bring two things into the country: umculu in one hand and indilinga in the other hand. Umculu is a Swazi word literally meaning something rolled up in a bundle and was interpreted ...

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