goëlery, noun

Forms:
Also goelery, goolery.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, ‘sorcery’ (adaptation of Dutch goochelarij conjuring, prestidigitation).
Sorcery, especially Malay magic (see Malay noun sense 3). See also slamaaier sense 2.
1944 I.D. Du Plessis Cape Malays 76The average Malay, while sometimes believing in and fearing ‘Malay tricks’, is as ignorant of these practices as the European;..while tales of ‘goelery’ abound, the exact methods adopted remain a closely guarded secret, known only to the initiated few.
1957 L.G. Green Beyond City Lights 79Toordery, and goëlery, the old magic of the Hottentots and Malays, has not vanished from the Western Province.
1970 Cape Times 6 June (Weekend Mag.) 2‘Malay trickery’ and ‘goëlery’ are now widely accepted and firmly believed terms to many of the Cape’s whites and non-whites. The traditional old Cape Malay khalifa is mainly responsible for the perpetuation of the popular Malay magic myth.
1972 L. Van der Post Story like Wind 229The wagon master,..perhaps because he also shared something of their submerged belief in ‘goolery’, settled the matter by announcing that..he would agree to follow Francois.
1993 D. Berry on TV1, 23 Feb. (Good Morning South Africa)It’s enough to make you think of goëlery.
Sorcery, especially Malay magicMalaynoun3.
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