boguera, noun

Forms:
Also bogwera.
Origin:
seTswana
Ritual male circumcision, an aspect of the Tswana initiation ceremony. See also circumcision sense 1. Cf. boyale.
1857 D. Livingstone Missionary Trav. 146All the Bechuana and Caffre tribes south of the Zambesi practise circumcision (boguera), but the rites observed are carefully concealed.
1867 E.L. Price Jrnls (1956) 261One of Sechele’s sons ran off to the Circumcision the other day...Sechele summoned him & told him to tell his Teacher why he went to the Boguéra.
1871 J. Mackenzie Ten Yrs N. of Orange River 375The rite of circumcision is administered throughout Bechuana-land to boys between perhaps eight and fourteen years of age...No honourable marriage could take place with a man who had not gone through the ‘boguera’ or initial ceremony.
1905 W.H. Tooke in Flint & Gilchrist Science in S. Afr. 91Like most Bantu the be-Chuana practise circumcision (boguera) which is performed at the age of puberty.
1951 H. Davies Great S. Afr. Christians 105An open break with the tribe took place in 1865 when the ceremony of boguera or circumcision was to be held.
1974 A.J. Dachs Papers of John Mackenzie 5Among the ritual observances of the Tswana which attracted the immediate attention of missionaries were the initiation ceremonies of bogwera and bojale, whereby the youths and maidens of the chiefdom were elevated in rank to adults.
Ritual male circumcision, an aspect of the Tswana initiation ceremony.
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