wanga

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

wanga (plural wangas or wanga)

  1. (voodoo) A magic spell or charm.
    • 1953, Maya Daren, The Divine Horsemen, McPherson & Company 2004, p. 117:
      All magic is performed under his patronage, whether it be the medicinal, protective paquet, or the less benevolent wanga.
    • 2008, Stephan Palmié, Africas of the Americas, p. 364:
      Not all wanga contain the enslaved spirits of the dead, but they work best if they do.
    • 2011, Mark Juergensmeyer (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions, p. 549:
      Love charms are the most common type of wanga.

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Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wangô. Compare Old Saxon wanga (cheek), Old English wange, Old Norse vangi (cheek, temple), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌲𐌲𐌰- (wagga-), Italian guancia (cheek).

Noun[edit]

wanga n

  1. cheek

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References[edit]

  1. Joseph Wright, An Old High German Primer, Second Edition
  2. Köbler, Gerhard, Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, (6. Auflage) 2014