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  1. Qamata(ProperNoun)

    The chief deity in traditional Xhosa religion.

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  1. Qamata

    Qamata is the most prominent god in the folklore of the Xhosa people of south-eastern Africa. Qamata is the child of the sun god, Thixo, and the earth goddess, Jobela. There are few certain beliefs about Qamata other than that he is omnipresent and that there is no other being like him. One act that may signify worship of or respect for him involves small artificial heaps of stones scattered about the land. A traveller may often be seen adding a stone to such a heap "for Qamata," in hopes of being granted luck or good fortune in whatever he happens to be thinking of at the time.

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