ubuti, noun

Forms:
booti, ubootieShow more Also booti, ubootie, ubute.
Origin:
XhosaShow more Xhosa ubuthi bewitching charm.
In traditional Nguni (and especially Xhosa) society: any charm or bewitching matter believed to exert an evil influence.
1828 W. Shaw Diary. Mar.She entered the cattle kraal, and dug with her spear in a small hole; but said the Ubootie (bewitching matter) is not here, it has been removed.
1833 Graham’s Town Jrnl 8 Aug. 3If I have bewitched the man, and was not at home at the time the beast was slaughtered, ‘who’ gave me the ‘Ubute?’ (bewitching stuff).
1835 A. Steedman Wanderings I. 41The woman produced a bag of ubootie, or bewitching matter, which appeared to have been hidden there in a pool of water.
1835 W.B. Boyce in A. Steedman Wanderings II. 282He mentioned the report of Mr. Shepstone having sent his men on horseback to plant booti (bewitching matter) upon his place.
1860 W. Shaw Story of my Mission 462He is seized and tormented, with a view to compel him to confess his deeds, and to discover the ubuti, (bewitching matter or charm) that its evil influence may be destroyed.
1866 W.C. Holden Past & Future 284Besides these poisons, which produce universal distrust and suspicion, there is what is called ubuti, or ‘bewitching matter;’ which is supposed to be, or actually is, deposited in some secret place in the hut or cattlefold, and by which, in connexion with supernatural agency, some dire calamity is believed to be inflicted upon the person, or family, or kraal.
1956 [see umhlahlo].
any charm or bewitching matter believed to exert an evil influence.

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