Definition of kula in English:

kula

noun

  • (in some Pacific communities) an interisland system of ceremonial gift exchange as a prelude to or at the same time as regular trading.

    ‘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.’

Pronunciation

kula

/ˈko͞olə/ /ˈkulə/

Origin

Melanesian.