imbola, noun

Origin:
Xhosa
In Xhosa society: red ochre, burnt, pounded, mixed into a paste, and used as a body paint both by women and by newly circumcised youths.
1937 B.J.F. Laubscher Sex, Custom & Psychopathology 69The mother is hereafter smeared with fat and Imbola (red ochre) and the Ukufukama(sc. lying-in) is completed.
1979 M. Matshoba Call Me Not a Man 166Both to protect her skin and to enhance her beauty, her face was smeared with ingxwala, the white stone, the rest of her with imbola, the red ochre.
red ochre, burnt, pounded, mixed into a paste, and used as a body paint both by women and by newly circumcised youths.

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