1837F. OwenDiary (1926) 8A Kafir youth, having gone thro’ this ceremony is now reckoned an ‘indoda’ or man and is permitted to acquire cattle, or to possess a kraal for himself.
1855G.H. MasonLife with Zulus 121An old greyheaded Caffre (an Umdōdie) pointed his finger towards me.
1855R.J. Mullins Diary. 11 JuneOne old man asked me to play [the harmonium] very low and then very high, and then said ‘It is like Indodas (men) and Intombis (girls)’.
1857J. ShooterKafirs of Natal 47No man can marry until he belongs to the class of ama-doda or men, the sign of which is the head-ring.
1866W.C. HoldenPast & Future 322The regiments consisted of three divisions. The first, amadoda men; these were veterans, — tried men — the men on whom chief reliance was placed to bear the shock of battle, and bravely win the victory.
1875J.J. BissetSport & War 53The rite of circumcision is performed on all the young men at the age of sixteen who are thus made men or amadodas.
[1920S.M. MolemaBantu Past & Present 265On that lavatory you see written ‘Gentlemen,’ and there only white men may go. On that other lavatory you see written ‘Amadoda’ (men), and this is meant for black men.]
1939N.J. Van Warmelo inA.M. Duggan-CroninBantu TribesIII.i. 32They are now young men, abafana, who will shortly look out for wives; having secured whom, they become amadodana, and finally family men, amadoda.
1949C. BullockRina 25If they looked for gold as well as elephants, as did Hartley, they were never free from the amadoda sent with them by the King.
1971Drum July 5Here and there behind some backstreet bush there will be ‘White Amadodas this way’ and ‘White Abafazis the other way.’
1983Drum Jan. 40When he graduated from piccannin to ndoda I was the best man at his wedding.
c1985M. Strachan inEng. Academy Rev.Vol.3 138So baas, this mdoda, he too wants to sell shimyane.
1988Frontline Aug.–Sept. 12The respect youth are expected to pay the fathers or amadoda.
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