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chieftain

the head or leader of a tribe or clan
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The name Zulu means 'Heaven', and when Malandela started his own chieftaincy, he named the area in which he settled KwaZulu, or 'Place of Heaven' [6].
After her father's death in 1991, one of Katjambia's brothers disputed her chieftaincy, but this did not disrupt the peace in the Etanga area during most of the 1990s.
At this time, the Kayan chieftaincy displayed, in a series of tableaux vivant, an imaginary narration of rice and divinely inspired authority as related to political power.
Your words never gave me rest, and in the end I have accepted your point that I should fight, lest I kill Thabo, who will no longer taste chieftaincy.
In the latter, Medina was taking on the form of a chieftaincy in the process of becoming a nation state, which was being threatened by violent extrinsic forces.
And it was now that I resolved to abandon the shipwrecked island and all on it, and to seek my chieftaincy in that real world which, like my father, I had been cut off.
Institutional: that is, the symbolic connotations of chieftaincy, secret societies, shrines, masks, and masquerades, but also rites of passage such as name giving and marriage.
But unlike Kim, these scholars do not typically hold that wanggom was the name of an individual, their preferred interpretation being that it too was a title, perhaps of chieftaincy.
In Liberia, the chieftaincy system and traditional spiritual practices remain at the foundation of society for people living or raised in the countryside.
The present craze for chieftaincy titles and the yearning for a return to feudalism more associated with some of the neighbors of the Igbo might be considered a betrayal of a deeply held republican ethos among the Igbo.
So when a man is being honored with a chieftaincy title, gets married, is initiated into his age grade, then we know he is now a man and will be fully involved in community activities.
The Democratic York Gazette, for instance, expressed shock that any president "could descend so far as to proclaim himself degraded from the Presidency of the United States to the Chieftaincy of a party.