blood brotherhood

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blood brother

1. A brother by birth.
2. One of two individuals who vow mutual fidelity and trust by a ceremony involving the mingling of each other's blood.

blood brotherhood n.
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Noun1.blood brotherhood - the friendship characteristic of blood brothers
friendly relationship, friendship - the state of being friends (or friendly)
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There was such a thing as blood brotherhood. Bassett, in return, had often argued in the past.
Hugely interested, he watched the slashing of the three brown arms and the exchange of blood with Mbonga, the chief, in the rites of the ceremony of blood brotherhood. He saw the zebra's tail dipped into a caldron of water above which the witch-doctor had made magical passes the while he danced and leaped about it, and he saw the breasts and foreheads of each of the three novitiates sprinkled with the charmed liquid.
Historians wrote that relations between Israel and the Druze was dubbed as a 'Blood Brotherhood', a description that was given to the Druze-Israeli alliance after the 1956 agreement between the two sides.
Abu Ghazaleh and Bani Sakher Tribe Secretary Sheikh Zaid Al-Zuhair signed a blood brotherhood document at the residence of Sheikh Zaid in Al-Mowaqqar.
This well-researched book explores the history of Black internationalism to examine how the African Blood Brotherhood (1919) and the International African Service Bureau (1937) promoted Black Diasporic alliances to create a Black radical internationalism of Marxist social and political thought.
Makalani examines the black radical international movements, socialist in orientation, that critiqued the nationalist/capitalist orientation of Garvey and led to the creation of the African Blood Brotherhood (1919).
In addition to these two books, the series Bloodlines includes Blood Brotherhood and Fighting Phantoms.
Subsequently falling in with a bandit gang led by Zhao Erhu (Lau) and sidekick Jiang Wuyang (Takeshi Kaneshiro), Pang saves Jiang's life, and the three men swear blood brotherhood. The bad news--and a future faultline in the fraternal bond--is that Lian is Zhao's wife.
Reed stayed on in the area, finishing his dissertation and cementing familial ties with the members of "his" longhouse in Sungai Sedik (including blood brotherhood with Umping, a colorful and intelligent Iban politician and businessman).
AS young swastika-painting teens in 1933 Germany, Daniel and Armin swear everlasting blood brotherhood and hope to join the Hitler Youth.
One such group was the African Blood Brotherhood for African Liberation and Redemption (ABB), first announced in the pages of West Indian immigrant Cyril Briggs' radical periodical the Crusader.