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sangoma

South African a witch doctor, healer, or herbalist
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The social and religious function of the prophets in Christianity and isangoma (seer) in Ndebele religion are the same.
The python then speaks to the assembled shade-snakes and inquires of them if the dreamer is the one who has been called to become an isangoma.
Regarding more contemporary issues, Michael Lambert provides a fascinating discussion of the collaboration between isangoma Nomagugu Ngobese and feminist academic Kathyrn Kendall in the creation of a contemporary 'revived' festival for the Zulu goddess Nomkhubilwane; Liz and Imogen Gunner collaborate to explore social performance and the practice of 'self-writing' by isicathamiya musicians in the 'age of 9/11'; and Nsizwa Dlamini discusses conflicts over the representations of Zulu identity in Natal's museums.
It begins with a period of possession, followed by a period of apprenticeship under an established isangoma that usually lasts for about nine months and terminates with complete ukuthwasa (rebirth).
In "Tweede kind" (Second Child) the wife of a white missionary and a thirteen-year-old black girl abandoned by her people on instruction of the Isangoma (witch doctor) give birth at the same time in a remote missionary hospital.