A ritual inauguration of seed-time, planting, or sowing. Also attributive.See also Umkhosi.
1872J. Mackenzie inA.J. DachsPapers 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.
1953P. LanhamBlanket 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.
1971C. NorthcottTen 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.
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