1855G.H. MasonLife with Zulus 228A knot of marriageable young ladies (Entombies), clustering thick about the bride.
1855J.W. ColensoTen Weeks in Natal 26There is another special one (sc. reason) for the young men wishing to go home from time to time — namely, to make acquaintance with the intombies, or young women, whom they will one day acquire for wives.
1866W.C. HoldenPast & Future 186The next morning she is pronounced to be an intombi; that is, she is entered into the state of womanhood, and is considered marriageable.
1882Lady F.C. DixieIn Land of Misfortune 364The remainder of our visit to the kraals was spent in endeavouring to induce some of the Zulu intombes, or girls, to mount into my saddle.
1887A.A. Anderson25 Yrs in WaggonII. 177The young Intombies (girls) are all excitement to see their sweethearts so brave.
a1931S. Black inS. GrayThree Plays 139She is now a big woman..umfazi. Last time she came home from school she was a little intombi.
1947L. HastingsDragons Are Extra 118The little girls, the intombis, were busy with bunches of twigs tidying up the huts.
1949J. MockfordGolden Land 189A few beads and the loin strings suffice for the intombis, the maidens.
1967O. WalkerHippo Poacher 100The intombis, or young girls, round about made a point of bringing clay pots full of newly-brewed Kaffir beer and baskets of mealie-cobs and wild spinach to trade for meat.
1971J. McClureSteam Pig (1973) 112‘Hey, Johannes, you old skelm,’ Pop brawled. ‘Don’t tell me you’ve been at the ntombis again?’
1986Preston-Whyte & Louw inBurman & ReynoldsGrowing Up 364Indigenously-based forms and processes of political control obtain there, as do some other structural features such as the organization of girls between puberty and marriage (izintombi) into recognized age groups under a designated leader (ighikize).
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