Who’s healing WHO? By Aryan Kaganof

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White Sangomas
The “new South Africa”, with its rhetoric of multiculturalism and exchange introduced a new figure into African spirituality and traditional healing practices: the white Sangoma. Widely celebrated in the media as “expanding our understanding of our society and our healthcare options,” the practice has been less readily accepted amongst black practitioners.

We ask the glaring questions: if “the calling” by the ancestors is the key to a sangoma’s authenticity, which ancestors exactly are calling a white Sangoma? What language do white Sangoma’s use to speak to the ancestors? Is the white Sangoma the ultimate neo-colonial figure – looting black culture for its last remaining sacred space?

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3 Responses to “Who’s healing WHO? By Aryan Kaganof”
  1. Celtic 11 May 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    It’s not a looting at all, being a sangoma is really not that profitable. It amuses me that eyebrows have been raised when one hears of white sangoma’s, yet no one questions the capacity of black people to become western doctors or priests. Cultures do not exist in neat little isolated boxes, they always interact and exchange with each other. White sangomas make people uncomfortable as they undermine the colonial discourse that western paradigms and epistemology are better than ‘indigenous’ ones. I can tell you that they are definitely not sinister individuals with alterior neo-colonial motives, quite the inverse. They bridge the cultural and racial boundaries that are still being maintained and re-produced in post apartheid South Africa. That causes the people trying to re-inforce imagined distinctions to feel threatened.

  2. mkhulu 19 October 2012 at 10:45 am #

    what’s make white ppl lyk 2 knw about the bryt lyt of almighty god & thy must find their own way of ths jst lyk indian ppl & chinise couse thy made us fuls thyp prtend thy use muti

  3. Myron 25 March 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Hi, can someone please help me or direct me as to where I can get help. I am a young man aged 30 and I live in Durban. Recently, I left my wife of 12 yrs due to a lot of issues which led to infidelity in both of us. Anyway long story short, I somehow discovered that she used ILUMBO on me such that my penis doesn’t get erect anymore the way it used to n if it does it’s not as firm as it used to. So I am pleading with you, if you can or know anyone who can heal me from this ILUMBO, I would really appreciate your help. My life is on stand-still due to this. I haves heard people saying it is something that can healed bt I haven’t come across anyone who can heal me. PLEASE HELP!

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