boyale, noun

Forms:
boïalloa, bojalaShow more Also boïalloa, bojala, boyali, byale.
Origin:
SeTswana
historical
An initiation ceremony, usually involving clitoridectomy, formerly undergone by Tswana girls at the age of puberty. See also domba, intonjane. Cf. boguera.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 165The celebration of a..festival called Boïalloa, when all the young girls, on attaining the age of thirteen, go through certain ceremonies, after which they are admitted to the rank of women.
1846 R. Moffat Missionary Labours 66The females have also their boyali at the same age, in which they are under the tuition of matrons, and initiated into all the duties of wives.
1857 D. Livingstone Missionary Trav. 149A somewhat analogous ceremony (boyale) takes place for young women, and the protegees appear abroad drilled under the surveillance of an old lady to the carrying of water.
1870 Cape Monthly Mag. I. 285Whilst the festival of circumcision among the Bechuanas (Boguera) has received frequent mention by missionaries and travellers, the analogous ceremony (Bojala), conducted about the period of puberty in the other sex, has not received the attention and investigation it deserves.
1871 J. Mackenzie Ten Yrs N. of Orange River 378During the administration of ‘boyali,’ the rite initiatory to womanhood, the girls are assembled every day in the town, under the leadership of two or more old women, who instruct them in all the duties of their future life.
1876 J. Mackenzie Papers (1975) 44Circumcision or ‘boyale’, now bereft of the sanction and support of the chief, will sooner or later pine away in the cold and die.
1975 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.
1979 J. Gratus Jo’burgers 52Trouble with you girls who’ve not had byale, circumcision. You know nothing about the world but you think you know everything.
An initiation ceremony, usually involving clitoridectomy, formerly undergone by Tswana girls at the age of puberty.
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