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One born with psychic abilities. This includes being able to see, hear and speak to the spiritual world. May have a strong gift of prophecy and uses prayers and candles as well as isiwasho for their healing practice. Generally do not use imithi for their healing


Part of the dress worn by iZangoma. Can be worn around the waist as a skirt or around the shoulders as a large scarf or even under the arms over clothing. Has various motifs printed on them with differing meanings for the particular Sangoma. Predominantly red & black but also available in other colours including blue and maroon


Family members who have passed on from this world and are now in the next world. There is no particular lineage that resides in a particular home, so you could for example find uKhokho ((mother)father’s grand(mother)father) being one of your guides or as easily your grandmother. These are the real Heads of households. The stronger they are, the stronger you and your house will be. This does not mean no negative happens, but you tend to whether the storms better than someone who has no functioning Amadlozi. (Has a slightly different meaning to the singular because everyone will have the plural Amadlozi, but the singular iDlozi is used primarily as above because by virtue of how far back our lineage goes, each one on earth has more than one Dlozi that’s with them. One may be more dominant or active than the others.)


Treatment over up to 3 months using medicines that are meant to bring the patient into alignment with the old female (Ndhiki) and male (Ndawo) ancestoral spirits that are showing themselves to the patient. Because of being unacknowledged they present in subtle negative ways. Treatment culminates with a ceremony. This can also be pre-cursor to ukuthwasa if so decreed by Amandawo. See also Bhudlu


This refers to a method of ukuhlola which is unique to certain iZangoma. Just like amathambo for others. In this case multiple persons take turns coming through the Sangoma to tell your story (you being the person there for a consultation). Whenever there is a change in the person, this is accompanied by a change in the voice of the Sangoma and an almost violent banging of the thighs on the floor (ukudegkeza) where the phrase "uhlola ngamandege) originates.

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