1846R. MoffatMissionary Labours 103We passed many women, who were employed in their gardens, who, on seeing us, threw down their picks, and..lifted up their hands, exclaiming ‘Ruméla,’ (their manner of salutation).
1878P. GillmoreGreat Thirst Land 295They are well formed, and although not pretty, look good-natured; and, above all, they are polite, for not one fails to greet the soil-stained travellers with their pretty expression of welcome, ‘Dumela!’
1912W. WestrupLand of To-Morrow 174He dismounted before the two white men...‘Lumela, Raphofoolo,’ he said....‘Lumela, Rufingwana.’ Dangerfield took the extended hand.
1920S.M. MolemaBantu Past & Present 137The Bechuana-Basotho people say Dumela, a word meaning hail, or hail to you.
1924G. Baumann inBaumann & BrightLost Republic (1940) 137All the boys whom I had had occasion to flog saluted me with upraised arm: ‘Domela Morena’ (Sesuto — ‘Hail, Master’).
1930S.T. PlaatjeMhudi (1975) 31‘Dumela (good day), my sister,’ he said, ‘I am Ra-Thaga, the son of Notto.’
1955W. IllsleyWagon on Fire 87‘Dumela, ntate,’ he greeted the old man politely. ‘Dumela, my child.’
c1976H. FlatherThaba Rau 215He..greeted Leach with a raised arm and then a double-handshake...‘Dumela morena’, he said. ‘Welcome back.’
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