1855J.W. ColensoTen Weeks in Natal 175On the way, Mr. Shepstone drew my attention to the singular stuff upon the Mimosa-thorn, which I have before mentioned as the material, out of which the Zulu-Kafirs construct their curious head rings.
1855R.B. StruthersHunting Jrnl (1991) 93I asked a native to procure me some ‘Umgiane’ the gummy matter used by the Zulus in making their ‘isicoco’ or headring.
1866C. BarterAlone among Zulus 51When a Zulu soldier has attained a certain standing he receives the royal permission to marry, and adopt the head-ring as a mark of manhood.
1898B. MitfordInduna’s Wife 45His face was lined and his beard had grown grey; and his hair — which, being in some measure in disgrace, he had neglected to shave — seemed quite white against the blackness of his headring.
1905Native Tribes of Tvl 67The Shangaans..approach more nearly to the Zulus in physique...They alone wear an imitation of the Zulu head-ring, which with the Zulus denotes the proved warrior.
1937B.H. DickeBush Speaks 338A tall magwamba who sported a head ring, like proved warriors of the Zulu tribes wear.
1946S. CloeteAfr. Portraits 215Lobengula, the mountain of black flesh that had once been a Matabele warrior: a tall fat man naked but for his head ring, the feather of a parakeet in his hair, and a sporran of blue monkey skin about his loins.
1956P. BeckerSandy Tracks 129Two old Swazi aristocrats..were..bent up with age; and smooth headrings, made of beeswax and roots, adorned their bald heads...These old men..were village heads, prominent tribesmen who had earned the privilege of wearing the distinctive headring.
1967E.M. SlatterMy Leaves Are Green 21When a Zulu was allowed by his king to wear a headring, he shaved his head except for a ring of hair on top which was wound round a circlet of fibre. This he waxed with black wax from a honeycomb, and finally polished with leaves.
1976West & MorrisAbantu 54 (caption)Around his head is the traditional head-ring of a married man...Traditionally the head-ring was of wax into which the hair was woven..but a rubber ring is the accepted modern alternative.
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