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ikhankatha, noun

Forms:
inkankata, inkankathaShow more Also inkankata, inkankatha, kankata, khankatha, nkantata.
Origin:
Xhosa
In traditional Xhosa society: the guardian in charge of youths undergoing the initiation rite of circumcision. See also abakwetha.
Note:
Sometimes an ingcibi may perform the work of the ‘ikhankatha’.
1866 W.C. Holden Past & Future 183To this hut the boys are taken, having been placed in charge of a person appointed to that office, and who is called the inkankata, and under whose charge they continue during the whole time of their initiation.
1989 [see ingcibi].
the guardian in charge of youths undergoing the initiation rite of circumcision.

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