itola, noun

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Plurals:
amatola /amaˈtɔːla/, /æməˈtəʊlə/.
Origin:
XhosaShow more Xhosa (plural amatola).
historical
In traditional Xhosa society: a war-priest or diviner. See also witchdoctor.
1844 J. Backhouse Narr. of Visit 230These are distinct from the persons who profess to be makers of rain; and from others who are called Amatola, or in the singular Itola, who practise augury by burning certain roots.
1891 T.R. Beattie Pambaniso 19There are at least seven classes of doctors or priests among the Kaffirs — namely, the Amagogo, the Amatola, the Abuvumisi, the Izanusi, the Awobulongo, the Awolugxa, and the Abaqubuli...The Amatola are the army doctors.
1937 B.J.F. Laubscher Sex, Custom & Psychopathology 34Apart from the ama-tola or war priests, who do not exist any more, there are still to be found the awe-mvula or rain makers...The various grades of native doctors existing today can be adequately classified as follows: 1. Amatola or Isanuses: Diviners, [etc.].
a war-priest or diviner.
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