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The Zion Christian Church, or ZCC, is one of the most popular religions in South Africa. Zionism blends traditional African beliefs with faith-healing and water baptism.

Followers are easily recognizable, as most men are wearing a five-pointed silver star on their chest, like a sheriff, and usually a "captain style" hat. Women cover their head with turban and wear specific colours, usually green attire for Sunday services.

Members of the ZCC are also recognised in the work field as honest and dependable employees. According to their religion they abstain from alcohol, smoking, eating pork, sexual promiscuity and violence.

I came across these people that were walking along the road, going to their Saturday special dance, part of ZCC ceremonies.

About the title, it refers to the famous painting from Grant Wood, called American Gothic, for which Sevy have underlined a loose evocation with this photo.

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