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#3639: linguistics of "mambo" : Louis replies to Grey
"Actually, my information indicates that the word "mambo" originates from
KiKongo, and means "to sing" or "to chant." Thus a Mambo is a singing or
chanting woman, a woman who is singing invocations, by extension. That is
also why the word has come to indicate a musical form in a different cultural
I am so glad that you finally agree with me. The word "mambo" meaning
singing or dancing (I take your word for it) and indicating a musical form in
a different cultural context refers to the Latino-American dance: el Mambo!
Vive la difference! Our distinguished linguist, Michel DeGraff , I presume,
will be very happy too. All those words will not have been wasted, I knew
you could be reasonable at times.
You might like to know that in Dahomey, our "Manman Hounyň" is called
"Nangbo" which means: the neophyte's mentor. I know that I am repeating
myself but I want to emphasize that initiations to the grade of Hougan or
Manbo belong to the Rada-Kanzo rite which origin is clearly from
Love and blessings to all the readers and many thanks for their patience
(specially for Bob Corbett).
Bébé Pierre Louis