domba, noun

Forms:
Also dhomba, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Venda
1. The period of initiation of young Venda girls into womanhood; the rites associated with this initiation; the dance performed during these rites (see sense 2 below). Also attributive. See also boyale.
1931 H.A. Stayt BaVenda 309The python dance of the domba, which has been described as a probable fertility rite, is made clearer when the beliefs concerning drought are understood.
1989 Flying Springbok Oct. 166Domba figures made by Nelson Mukhuba (used ritually as teaching aids in girls’ initiation ceremonies).
2. combination
domba dance, python dance.
1932 N.J. Van Warmelo Contribution towards Venda Hist. (Dept of Native Affairs) 63To the accompaniment of several drums,..they begin to dance the peculiar Domba dance, moving slowly forward step by step and swaying from side to side.
1979 P. Miller Myths & Legends 135The ritual python, or domba, dance performed by girls preparing for marriage.
The period of initiation of young Venda girls into womanhood; the rites associated with this initiation; the dance performed during these rites (see 2 below). Also attributive.

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