Who’s healing WHO? By Aryan Kaganof
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?
- Kaganof, A Kagablog<http://www.kagablog.com/>
- Kaganof, A ‘Ek, skheberesh: A letter to Andile Mngxitama,’ New Frank Talk, Books LIVE <http://newfranktalk.bookslive.co.za/blog/2010/09/08/ek-skheberesh-a-letter-to-andile-mngxitama-by-aryan-kaganof/>
- Kaganof, A 2009 ‘dada south (for s’bu zikode)’ Kagablog published December 12 <http://kaganof.com/kagablog/2009/12/12/dada-south-for-sbu-zikode/>