letsemma, noun

Origin:
seTswanaShow more seTswana letseme seed-time.
A ritual inauguration of seed-time, planting, or sowing. Also attributive. See also Umkhosi.
1872 J. Mackenzie in A.J. Dachs Papers of John Mackenzie (1975) 39Why..should not a Christian Chief issue his ‘letsemma’ — inaugurate the seed-time in his town — by public prayer to Almighty God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
1953 P. Lanham Blanket Boy’s Moon 17At such letsema [printed letsoma] times, kaffir beer is brewed and small livestock killed to provide drink and food for the working-parties; tribal songs — such as the Mokorotho, or Chant of Praise — are sung, and every man and woman in the village has to attend.
1971 C. Northcott Ten Yrs (2nd ed.) p.xxiiKhama..made a speech..asking the people to regard the act of public worship which Mackenzie was leading as their letsemma, after which they might dig as they pleased.
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 176A fusion of economic and social activities parallel to that involved in traditional work-for-beer parties such as the Tswana letsema.
A ritual inauguration of seed-time, planting, or sowing. Also attributive.
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