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Mamlambo, noun

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Also Momlambo, and with small initial.
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ZuluShow more Zulu umamlambo, literally ‘one of the river’ (plural omamlambo).
In Zulu mythology: a female water spirit, usually in the form of a snake or a woman requiring sacrifice, sometimes of human life, in return for her favour.
1937 B.J.F. Laubscher Sex, Custom & Psychopathology 32The Mamlambo demands a sacrifice before she bestows her favours on a man, and this penalty or sacrifice takes the form of someone dying in his family.
1990 J. Knappert Aquarian Guide to Afr. Mythology 150Mamlambo means ‘the River Mother’; she is the goddess of the rivers of Natal and will appear to those who sacrifice to her.
a female water spirit, usually in the form of a snake or a woman requiring sacrifice, sometimes of human life, in return for her favour.

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