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The South Ndebele peoples of Africa wear neckrings as part of their traditional dress and as a sign of wealth and status. Only married women are allowed to wear the rings, called dzilla. Within the Ndebele tribe, the women wear copper and brass rings not only around their necks but around their legs and arms, as well. The rings are given to the women by their husbands and worn as a sign of faithfulness, and were once removed only after the women died—today, however, the women don’t tend to wear them permanently.

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