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ibandla, noun

Forms:
Also bandhla.
Plurals:
unchanged, or amabandla.
Origin:
Zulu, XhosaShow more Zulu and Xhosa ibandla assembly; leader’s retinue; church congregation; army division (plural amabandla). For an explanation of singular and plural forms, see i- and ama-.
In the context of Nguni society: a meeting, committee, court, or congregation of a village, area, clan, or people; the following of a chief. Cf. kgotla sense 2, 3, 4, and 5. See also inkundla sense 1.
1895 H. Rider Haggard Nada 90On the first day of the new moon I summon a great meeting, a bandhla of all the Zulu people.
1988 S. Meintjes in Laband & Haswell Pietermaritzburg 1838–1988 66Conflicts between village members were solved in the customary court, ibandla.
a meeting, committee, court, or congregation of a village, area, clan, or people; the following of a chief.

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