"Tambointsha are tassels of feathers tied to string. They are symbols of successful homicide and worn on the lime stick as a tally of the owner's successful kills. A kill may be scored for homicide achieved by means of ndjambwia, but not for homicides achieved by other magical techniques."
* Silverman 2001 p58
"[T]he mai is surrounded, like a male Medusa, with tassels called tambointsha. These long insignia, which swing to and fro, were awarded after victorious homicides and head-hunting raids."