isi-tute, issetatorShow more Also isi-tute, issetator, issitata, issitoota.
Among Zulus: an ancestral spirit; a snake embodying such a spirit. Also attributive.See also itongo.
1836A.F. GardinerJourney to Zoolu Country 152The transmigration of souls..was universally believed among them...The breath or spirit then passed into the body of some animal, generally a snake, called issitata, which is harmless.
1866W.C. HoldenPast & Future 284The name of ghosts or departed spirits is, Amaxosa, imishologu; Natal, isituta.
1866W.C. HoldenPast & Future 285Other crimes relate to the body and time; these, to the manes of the dead, and the mysterious dwelling-place in which the isituta reside.
1934C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 79Isituta, A Zulu term meaning a family or ancestral spirit...The spirit of the dead man calls out to his brother to perpetuate his memory, and the brother buys a wife with the dead man’s property and establishes in his..kraal an Isituta House (Spirit House) and the eldest son of the wife of the House succeeds to the dead brother’s property.
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