DSAE test file

inyanga, noun

Forms:
enyanga, inyangerShow more Also enyanga, inyanger, inyanya, izinyanga, nyanga, and with initial capital.
Plurals:
inyangas, or ‖isinyanga, ‖izinyanga.
Origin:
Zulu, XhosaShow more Zulu inyanga (plural izinyanga) doctor, herbalist, diviner, Xhosa inyangi (obsolete) doctor, diviner, formed on nyanga treat, heal, cure; the word is found in various forms in other Sintu (Bantu) languages. For explanation of singular and plural forms, see in- and izin-.
1. A traditional healer or diviner, especially one specializing in herbalism; also used as a title. Also attributive. See also witchdoctor.
Note:
The term is applied mainly to Zulu traditional healers.
1836 N. Isaacs Trav. (1936) I. 82The ‘inyangers,’ or water doctors, arrived to take us across the river.
1990 R. Malan My Traitor’s Heart 185In 1985..some 10,000 sangomas and inyangas were practicing [sic] in greater Johannesburg, consulted by 85 percent of all black households.
2. obsolete. rare. An expert, one skilled in a particular craft.
1852 R.J. Garden Diary. I. (Killie Campbell Africana Library MS29081) 21 Apr.The word Inyanga is applied strictly speaking to any person skilful in a particular line.
1852 H. Fynn in J. Bird Annals of Natal (1888) I. 108The term ‘Inyanga’ has a more extensive application, and is not only used to denote a native dispenser of medicines, but a smelter of iron or copper, a blacksmith..or any one exercising an occupation in which much skill is required.
A traditional healer or diviner, especially one specializing in herbalism; also used as a title. Also attributive.
An expert, one skilled in a particular craft.

Visualise Quotations

Quotation summary

Senses

18361990