1733 (implied in palavering), "a long talk, a conference, a tedious discussion," sailors' slang, from Portuguese palavra "word, speech, talk," from a metathesis of Late Latin parabola "speech, discourse," from Latin parabola "comparison" (see parable). A doublet of parole.
In West Africa the Portuguese word became a traders' term for "negotiating with the natives," and apparently English picked up the word there. (The Spanish cognate, palabra, appears 16c.-17c. in Spanish phrases used in English.) The meaning "idle profuse talk" is recorded by 1748. The verb, "indulge in palaver," is by 1733, from the noun. Related: Palavering.
A palaver tree is a traditional place of gathering and meeting, under the shadow of which people express themselves on life in society, because of the belief in spiritualism the people of Senegal believe that everything is tied to this tress and unraveled by them. The palaver tree is not the name of a single tree, it is a place hence any tree that symbolizes this can be used for such purposes.
The palaver tree keeps its leave and provides shades all year round. It is believed that as long as there are voices under its shadow, the tree will continue to live and be relevant to the spiritual needs of the people.
Village life is governed under this tree: weddings, land disputes, news from relatives of neighboring villages, protection of the village against witchcraft, and fieldwork. Sometimes the palaver tree is one of the courthouses or a tribunal, some differences will be resolved on the spot. In these areas, we do not resort to the police, but to the village council of elders and wise men, and at the end of the harvest, it is also the tree that will bear witness to the competitions of the inter-village wrestling fights. The cohesion of the village community is thus ensured, just as peace and understanding between inhabitants of the same village, then between neighboring villages are ensured.
The African palaver tree is a whole philosophical method, and its roots run deep, generating peace and beauty. The palaver tree is a mechanism for maintaining peace, social order, and social cohesion. It is an instrument for managing crises and conflicts within the community. Its philosophical foundation is the peaceful coexistence and self-control of villages.
In African tradition a palaver tree is a natural gathering spot for community discussions, storytelling, problem solving, and festivals. Roughly equivalent to a civic plaza, zocalo, or agora, the palaver is a place for comfortable community engagement. Keiff understood that the loss of the tree contributed to the unraveling of the fabric of the community. 781b155fdc