1877Lady BarkerYr’s Hsekeeping 120When a chief or the induna of a kraal passes this way, I see him clad in a motley garb of old regimentals, with his bare ‘ringed’ head, riding a sorry nag.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 403Zulu men are distinguished from boys by a head-ring. The head is shaved all but a narrow strip quite round, the hair along this strip is worked up with gum, etc., into a black polished ring called isiCoco...The sanction of the chief is required before a man can become a Kehla..or ‘ringed’ man.
1930S.T. PlaatjeMhudi (1975) 131Several ‘ringed-heads’ raised their voices on purpose that their words should reach the ears of the king.
1951R. GriffithsGrey about Flame 126Warriors lounged in the yellow sunlight, flirting openly with the girls and paying no heed when M’Busi, a ringed Induna, stalked contemptuously among them.
1970P.B. Clements inOutpost 45Shortly after our arrival, an old ‘ringed’ induna from a neighbouring kraal came to us and told us that the impis had withdrawn and that a big ‘white impi’ was marching in our direction from the mission station about thirty miles away.
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