The Amasunzu hairstyle represented different roles and stages in life of women and men. When warriors wore the style, it symbolized strength and bravery. Worn by women, it usually marked marital status and virginity. Young woman wore it before they were married. After marriage, some women let their hair grow freely.

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Amasunzu. Photo: anothermag.com

Photo: anothermag.com

Amasunzu. Photo: anothermag.com

Photo: Hegh / Pintrest

Amasunzu. Photo: Hegh / Pintrest

Rwandan man with Amasunzu hairstyle, 1923. Photo: Anothermag

Rwandan man with Amasunzu hairstyle, 1923. Photo: Anothermag

Rwandan man with Amasunzu hairstyle, 1923. Photo: Anothermag

Rwandan man with Amasunzu hairstyle, 1923. Photo: Anothermag

Traditional Rwandan hairstyle

Traditional Amasunzu Rwandan hairstyle

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