from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A custom among the Zulus and certain other tribes of South Africa according to which they must show respect to certain of their relatives and to the head men of the tribe.
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To make a man's name hlonipa is the highest honour that the Kafirs can render the bearer; for it indicates that the name is regarded as too sacred, too highly venerated, to be spoken.
And thou hast done so; and mark thou this, Chia'gnosi, though to-day the king's face be black against thee, the people know what thou hast done; and henceforth thy name will be hlonipa among the Mashona. "