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- proper noun a
languagespoken in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania
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Here, proto-Ruvu retention of the root and its presence in Bondei and Zigua languages of the Seuta subgroup of NECB as well as in Swahili of the Sabaki subgroup confirms the retention of this noun and the social role it denotes from the PNECB period and the continuation of that role right down to recent centuries. 59 Moreover, the namkungwi role also exists among Nyanja-Chewa speakers in Malawi, which suggests it is a role enduring matrilineal societies of Mashariki origins have preserved until recent times.
Zigua kungwi, ma - "one who has had a certain illness previously"; Bondei (Seuta) kungwi, plus same term in Swahili and Ruvu, as well as in Nyanja namkungwi; Proto-Kaskazi * mkunga "midwife/birth attendant"; also in Lambya and Mabia; Gogo munkunga "circumciser," "sponsor of girl initiates."
Bondei mndele "girl"; Zigula mdele, "girl"; Ehret, The Historical Reconstruction of Southern Cushitic Phonology and Vocabulary, 164.
Amongst these may be mentioned _Bondei_, _Shambala_ (north of the Ruvu), _Nguru_, _Zeguha_,
+ The Bondei of West Africa strangle an infant at birth if any of the numerous portents and omens for which they watch are unfavorable.