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 … Read more

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 … Read more