- From a South Slavic language, from Turkish kule, from Persian قله (qolle), from Arabic قلة (qulla, "pinnacle, zenith"). (Wiktionary)
“On the external level, the Sanskrit term kula refers to caste.”
“Our lively zaptieh cheered the route with an instructive tale of the siege of a certain kula we passed, by soldiers from Scutari sent to collect cattle-tax.”
“Yoga is not just a personal thing, or a way to tone up our bodies, de-stress and focus our minds, but a call to unity, to join together with our world community, our kula, and show that we care to help make a difference in a broader sense than only in our own lives and relationships.”
“What likely transpired was a division of the ancient * - kula rites into two ceremonies after contact with an external group that shared its own ideas about male circumcision.”
“As late as 1999, when I conducted fieldwork in Tanzania, male elders in various villages remembered * - kula initiations from their childhoods.”
“This ceremonial moment was identified by the initiation of groups of boys into a shared age-set, * - kula.”
“Nkoya kukûla "to become mature (of male)"; Nyanja, kula, ku - v.i. "grow, grow up, mature"; Zigua kukula "to grow, to scrape (as when shaving).”
“But whether or not that is true, by the time the proto-Ruvu communities emerged in the central-east Tanzania, they and their proto-Wami ancestors already applied the word * - kumbi to their initiation camps, presumably where * - kula rites, whatever they entailed, were held.”
“In that era, young boys may have gone through an initial * - kula ceremony wherein they were taught about aspects of their clan culture.”
“Note 100: The * - kumbi within the * - kula rite may well have been the shelter made from the fibrous mkumbi tree whose bark pulls back in sheets of * makumbi.”
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