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.
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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