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kula Syllabification: ku·la
Pronunciation: /ˈko͞olə/

Definition of kula in English:


(In some Pacific communities) an interisland system of ceremonial gift exchange as a prelude to or at the same time as regular trading.
Example sentences
  • Malinowski found that kula cements social bonds between island groups, and according to anthropologist Richard Harper this makes it an ideal basis for new ways to make technology useful.
  • Kula provides a useful illustration of the important role played by social ceremonies in sustaining both economic, social, and political relations.



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