nounplural noun Makonde, plural noun Makondes
1A member of a people inhabiting southern Tanzania and northeastern Mozambique.‘He saw a photograph of a sculpture by the Makonde of East Africa.’
- ‘Farther north are the Makonde near the coast and the Yao near Lake Malawi.’
- ‘One of the most important events in the life of a Makonde was initiation.’
- ‘Throughout the late colonial period, many Makonde fled the Portuguese regime, taking refuge in what was then Tanganyika across the Rovuma River border.’
- ‘I could only surmise that these Makonde had taken Swahili names to ease their assimilation into coastal society, creating confusion among non-resident park officials.’
2The Bantu language of the Makonde.
- ‘The existence of a standardized orthography for either Yao or Makonde is unknown to us as of this writing.’
Relating to the Makonde or their language.‘Nonetheless, in speaking to the world beyond, Makonde carvers employ a language of images grounded in their unique historical experience.’
- ‘These artists came to enjoy privileged status in Makonde society as demand grew within the church for their work.’
- ‘A white-jacketed Makonde waiter brought plates mounded with chicken and rice cooked over a fire.’
- ‘The Makonde practice initiation ceremonies that integrate young people into the adult world through links with ancestors and supernatural beings.’
- ‘As you will see on this website, their is much more to Makonde art then these traditional Mapiko masks.’
- ‘This powerful Makonde mask with large rabbit ears, oval eyes and prominent teeth measures 16 1/2’ in height.’
The name in Makonde.
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