necklet (neck ornament (personal adornment))

amahumbu, necklet, worn by most amagqala (senior abafana, i.e. Men of 40-45) to dances (iintlombe), sacrifices and feats. Amathumbu - intestines, so called because the intertwined loops of beadwork resemble twisted intestines. Closes with bead loop (isango-a gate) and mother of pearl button (ikole; buttons with two holes are ikolo. Those with four holes are amaghosha). Bead colours: white-mhlop, bark blue-unyembe, pink-umolugwane, turquoise-ihobe.

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