1864T. BainesExplor. in S.-W. Afr. 425His chief object..at present was to get us to make him dupas, or pastilles, Snyman having told him the tales current among the Malays at the Cape respecting their efficacy as love charms or other surgical properties.
1934C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 42Doepa, (Malay doepa, incense). A Malay love potion.
1948E. HellmannRooiyard 64Zulu mothers, in their fear of the..‘Basotho sickness’ take the most elaborate precautions to ensure the well-being of their babies...A herb, dupa, is sewn into a braid and put around his neck.
1966I.D. Du PlessisPoltergeists 53The use of dupa for the same purpose (sc. of attracting a girl) is another popular belief. Dupa is a Malay word for incense; but in this connection it is used for a love potion which is given to the desired one.
1970J.F. PrinslooInformant, Lüderitz (Namibia)Doepa. A mixture of so-called magic power placing the user under a spell. Also a formula used by anglers in their bait to attract the fish.
1978A.P. BrinkRumours of Rain 235Next week I’m rounding up all the women again for injections. No use giving them the pill, they just throw it away or carry it in a bag round their necks for doepa.
1989Sunday Times 29 Oct. 3Mr J— accused Mr B— of giving Miss J— a magic potion (doepa) to make her besotted with him, and threatened to get a Malay diviner to lift the spell on his daughter.
a1970Lennon’s Dutch Medicine HandbkDoepa-olie, A useful remedy for coughs, croup and bronchitis...Externally, mixed with lard, it is a useful antiseptic ointment.
1972N. Sapeika inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.VII. 302A list of..traditional remedies..includes bloedstillende druppels (tincture of ferric perchloride), boegoe-essens (tincture of buchu), doepa (benzoin), doepa-olie (balsam of Peru), [etc.].
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