thomba, noun

Forms:
Also tomba, uku-tomba.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Zulu, ‘reach puberty’.
Among Zulus: a ceremony performed to mark the transition from childhood to adolescence or adulthood; this transition itself, puberty. Also attributive.
1936 E.J. Krige Social System of Zulus 87The attainment of physical maturity..is made the occasion for an important ceremony, called the Thomba. The girl’s puberty ceremony is sometimes called uDwa, but the use of this word is rapidly dying out.
1988 New Nation 30 June (Learning Nation) 1When boys were between the age of 12 and 14 they underwent a puberty ceremony known as the ‘thomba’.
a ceremony performed to mark the transition from childhood to adolescence or adulthood; this transition itself, puberty. Also attributive.

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