sangomas

 
​A sangoma connects the art of performance and of healing with a search for identity
​A sangoma connects the art of performance and of healing with a search for identity
For multimedia artist Buhlebezwe Siwani, performance art is as versatile as reenacting rituals associated with ukuthwasa (training to be a...
@Noksangoma explains the five types of spirits you may not have known about
@Noksangoma explains the five types of spirits you may not have known about
Known online as @Noksangoma, Johannesburg-based Nokulinda Mkhize (31) is a recognisable figure in the realm of ancestral-based healing and...
Beware the charlatan sangomas
Beware the charlatan sangomas
"It is fake, absolute rubbish and just a means to survive in these hard economic times. There is nothing like spiritual power in what we do.”...
Sangomas' power challenges state
Sangomas' power challenges state
For centuries, sangomas have healed illness and divined misfortune. Estimates suggest there are about 200 000 sangomas in South Africa alone,...
The fashion designer who felt the call of the ancestors
The fashion designer who felt the call of the ancestors
Karabo Finger was not surprised when she was called to be a traditional healer. Her mother was a ngaka (sangoma) and she comes from a long...
Sexual healing: An African sex safari
Sexual healing: An African sex safari
As I climbed into the passenger seat of an old white Astra, township tour guide Mandy Mankazana inspected me, smacked her lips and murmured "sexy,...
I'm rattled by the convulsions of a sangoma
I'm rattled by the convulsions of a sangoma
I recently found myself eyeball to eyeball with a sangoma.
[Video]Sangomas of the 21st century
[Video]Sangomas of the 21st century
As the world embraces the digital era, traditional healers are incorporating social media and technology into their age-old practices.
[Video]Sangoma: Why I take ARVs
[Video]Sangoma: Why I take ARVs
Prudence Mabele, a sangoma and one of the founding members of the TAC, is adamant that ARVs are imperative to the survival of HIV positive people.
Prudence Mabele: "I have seen ARVs save lives"
Prudence Mabele: "I have seen ARVs save lives"
In 2004, more than 500 traditional healers took to the streets in protest against the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). They accused the HIV...
Use of traditional healers vastly exaggerated
Use of traditional healers vastly exaggerated
Do 80% of South Africans regularly use traditional healers? And are sangomas the first point of medical contact for 80% of black South Africans? It...
The new generation of sangomas
The new generation of sangomas
It was just past noon on a ­Sunday, and the News Café at Maponya Mall in Soweto was already busy. It was not easy to spot her. I...

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