One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a people inhabiting west central Tanzania.
- ‘Consequently, they have been less effective than the grass-roots Sungusungu operated by the Sukuma.’
- ‘Sukuma dance figures were considered so shocking by early twentieth century catholic missionaries that many deemed all Sukuma dance ‘immoral.’’
- ‘Few rules exist in Pimbwe society to motivate cooperation beyond the scope of the family or clan; thus, the Pimbwe were unable to mobilize Sungusungu participation as effectively as the Sukuma.’
- ‘With pre-existing institutions similar to Sungusungu, the Sukuma quickly created and spread the justice organizations to even distant migrant populations.’
- ‘Model 1 compares Pimbwe to ethnic groups other than Sukuma.’
- ‘Throughout Tanzania, the Sukuma are admired for the spectacular appeal of their dance performances.’
- ‘The parable of the Two Brothers, a popular story among the Sukuma of Tanzania, has interesting parallels with the Lucan Prodigal Son.’
- ‘First, Sukuma in Rukwa are more likely to wear gaudy combinations of Western clothes, traditional bracelets, and distinct black capes that symbolize and display their ethnicity and spiritual beliefs.’
- ‘In the study area, most of the organizational secretaries are from local non-Sukuma ethnic groups because few Sukuma are formally educated and able to write in Swahili.’
- ‘He first conducted demographic research among Pimbwe and Sukuma and later asked permission to study the Sungusungu.’
- ‘Sukuma in Kibaoni have larger herds of cattle than the Sukuma of Mirumba.’
- ‘Many Sukuma suggest that this is a ‘respectful’ way for women to dance, because it does not include suggestive motion of the hips or legs.’
- ‘The Sukuma of Rukwa adopted Sungusungu in 1982, shortly after it emerged in northern Tanzania.’
- ‘National politicians and administrators commonly comment on the marked cultural differences between the Sukuma in Rukwa and the northern regions, reflecting our own observations of persistent traditionalism in Rukwa.’
- ‘The largest ethnic groups include the Sukuma (over three million), and the Chagga, Haya, and Nyamwezi (over one million each).’
2mass noun The Bantu language of the Sukuma, related to Nyamwezi and having around 4 million speakers.
- ‘Translations.com offers professional language services in Sukuma and over 100 languages including enterprise scale translation and website globalization.’
- ‘The majority of the residents of Kwimba are Wasukuma from the Sukuma tribe and speak Sukuma along with Swahili.’
- ‘Gwe is a dialect of Sukuma (3200000 speakers) spoken in northwest Tanzania.’
Relating to the Sukuma or their language.
- ‘Goldschmidt also tells, however, of a similar cultural effect: the extinction of traditional Sukuma baskets.’
- ‘As a cultural medium based on the notion of spectacle, Sukuma performances presuppose interaction between performer and audience, observer and observed.’
- ‘Within a year, the Sungusungu had spread to migrant Sukuma populations living in distant regions such as Rukwa where this research was conducted.’
- ‘Many Nyamwezi also speak English and the languages of neighboring ethnic groups, such as Kisukuma, the language of the Sukuma people.’
- ‘Most frequently Sukuma figures are used to satirize character types (either in the opponent dance group or in the village), create narratives with invented characters, or simulate sexual relations.’
A local name.
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