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1A religious cult among the Kiga people of Rwanda and Uganda, based on belief in a spirit or spirits called Nyabingi, capable of entering a human being and mediated by the priests and priestesses of the cult; a political organization inspired by this cult.
2A Rastafarian sect inspired by the East African Nyabingi cult and advocating resistance to white domination; a member or supporter of this sect.
3An act of ritual worship originating in the Nyabingi cult and involving rhythmic percussion and chanting, especially as later developed within Rastafarianism; this ritual music.
1Of, relating to, or designating the Nyabingi religious cult and political movement in East Africa. Especially in "Nyabingi cult".
2Of, relating to, or designating the Rastafarian Nyabingi sect.
3Of, relating to, or designating the ritual of Nyabingi or the music associated with it.
1920s; earliest use found in The Times. From Kiga Nyabingi, lit. ‘she who brings bounty’, (name of a) spirit or category of spirits that can enter human beings.
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