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- Vansina argues that the original meaning of the (Proto-Bantu) word *Twa was "hunter-gatherer, bushpeople", and that this became conflated with another root for Twa/Pygmy, *Yaka (as in Ba-Yaka). As the Twa caste developed into full-time hunter-gatherers, the words were conflated, and the ritual role of the absorbed aboriginal peoples was transferred to the Twa.
This doesn't make any sense to me.
So *Twa meant "bushpeople", but then there was *Yaka, which in fact meant "Twa"? Adn then the Twa caste (who? the bushpeople?) developed into full-time hunter gatherers (from what? part-time hunter-gatherers?), and the "ritual role" (what ritual role? you failed to mention any ritual role) of the absorbed aboriginal peoples was transferred to the Twa (to whom? I thought *Twa meant "bushpeople" to begin with?)
This seems to mean something along the lines that *Twa originally just meant "bush people", but at some point acquired a more general meaning of "despised or subordinate caste" of any kind. I am sure the source (Vansina) had some coherent argument, but whoever tried to present it here has garbled it beyond comprehension. --dab (𒁳) 16:27, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Batwa au BurundiEdit
Hi Sven, very much interested, since we have to deal with over 1000 Twa who fled to Kenya from Burundi. Please let's cooperate Christina <firstname.lastname@example.org> — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 08:10, 29 June 2018 (UTC)