sangoma

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sangoma

South African a witch doctor, healer, or herbalist
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The roles for an inyanga and a isangoma remain distinct and complimentary.
Both the inyanga and isangoma are part of a public imisebenzi (ritual) and the Nomkhubulwane ceremony for girls.
Newman (1979:207) points out an obvious sexual and phallic symbolism to the draconic worm shape, something perhaps even evident in the relationship between the python and the female isangoma.
Due to pressing time constraints, the number of healer participants was fixed at four, and of these the first isangoma was tested in one location, the other three at a different venue.