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An albino maiden poses with other young women in advance of the Zulu Zulu Reed Dance

Ulwazi Fieldworkers: December

While all eyes are on Africa and talk of an African Renaissance abounds, there are still many naysayers out there who view African customs and traditions as archaic, and in opposition to development. This month Nkosikhona Duma set about debunking some of the myths, and correcting the inaccuracies that surround issues such as traditional healers, and the […]

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Nokulinda Mkhize (left)

Ubizo and Mental Illness

Last Saturday the KwaMuhle Museum in Durban hosted sangoma, Nokulinda Mkhize, who spoke on the topic of ubizo (ancestral calling) and mental illness. According to Mkhize there are a lot of physiological and mental considerations to take into account when one undergoes intwaso (initiation), as often a person will experience severe mental distress when their ancestors are trying to communicate […]

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Medicines & Related Substances Amendment Bill

While many African traditions have changed over time, sangomas still play a very active role in the lives of large numbers of people. As we speak, sangomas are praying for the safe return of  illegal miners who are trapped underground in an unused mine in Langlaagte, south of Johannesburg – to give you an idea of […]

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