tshila, noun

Forms:
Also ukutshila.
Origin:
Xhosa, Show more Xhosa tshila spin; perform the initiation dance. The form with uku- reflects the Xhosa infinitive prefix, used also to form verbal nouns.
A traditional exhibition dance performed by Xhosa initiates to manhood (abakwetha), consisting of vigorous backward and forward movements of the pelvis and performed, as a test of endurance, to rhythmical beats on a dried ox-hide; kwetha dance. So tshila verb, to perform this dance.
1937 B.J.F. Laubscher Sex, Custom & Psychopathology 128At each of their family kraals the abakweta have to tshila. On these occasions they dance the actual Tshila dance as follows...While the abakweta perform these Tshila dances taught them by the amakankata the others toss coins to them.
1952 H. Klein Land of Silver Mist 48The abaKweta are distinguished by their fantastic dress...All exposed parts of the body are caked with white clay and thus attired they perform the dance known as the ukutshila..one of the few relics of barbarism openly practised by South African tribes.
1978 Voice 15 Nov. 8In most cases at the eve of their pass out the Abakhwetha perform a competition dance which is known as ‘Ukutshila and Ukuyeyezela’ (spin and chant).
A traditional exhibition dance performed by Xhosa initiates to manhood (abakwetha), consisting of vigorous backward and forward movements of the pelvis and performed, as a test of endurance, to rhythmical beats on a dried ox-hide; kwetha dance. So tshilaverb, to perform this dance.
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