When the Pleiades appeared on the eastern horizon in spring, the Khoi held an important communal ritual. It involved slaughtering and a dance at which a song, very much like a hymn, was sung in honour of Tsuni-||Goam. Tsuni-||Goam, a founding hero or sky god identified with the Supreme Being, was believed to control rain, which had religious significance in a land sometimes prone to drought.
|Tsui-||goatse!||Thou, oh Tsui||goa!|
|Abo-itse!||Thou Father of the Fathers – i.e. All Father!|
|Sida itse!||Thou our Father!|
||Nanuba \avire!||Let stream – i.e. let rain – the thunder cloud!|
|En xuna uire!||Let please live (our) flocks!|
|Eda Sida uire!||Let us (also) live please!|
|Khabuta gum goroö!||I am so very weak indeed!|
|||Gas xao!||From thirst!|
||As Xao!||From hunger!|
|Eta xurina amre!||That I may eat field fruits!|
|Sats gum xave sida itsao!||Art thou then not our Father!|
|Abo itsao!||The Father of the fathers!|
|Eda sida gangantsire!||That we may praise thee!|
|Eda sida ||khava |khaitsire!||That we may give thee in return (i.e. that we may bless thee)|
|Abo itsao!||Thou Father of the fathers!|
|Sida! Khutse!||Thou our Lord|
|Tusi-||goatse!||Thou, oh Tsui-|goa!|
Theophilus Hahn, Tsuni-||Goam: The Supreme Being of the Khoi-Khoi, Trübner & Co., London, 1881.
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