Azania Mosaka put traditional healing in the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes and misconceptions about the practice.
Mosaka spoke to traditional healer Gogo Dineo Ndlanzi who identifies as an Afrikan* spiritualist.
Ndlanzi highlights the importance of moulding and adopting new ways of thinking.
That is why we had to fight post 1994 for a renaming of who we are because we were called witch doctors and compared to people who cast spells.— Gigo Dineo Ndlanzi, traditional healer
There is evil and there is good but what we need to be speaking about is the good side of the practice. There hasn't been a story about how a psychological bipolar patient was changed through ukuthwasa.— Gigo Dineo Ndlanzi, traditional healer
She says people are at times reluctant to share their stories because a longstanding historical narrative.
We should understand our history, part of the history is that whenever you consulted, it was a sacred thing but then people tend to make it secretive and secondly in the 1920s traditional healing was legislated against. So we are carrying certain legacies, we have to address those....— Gigo Dineo Ndlanzi, traditional healer
Ndlanzi explains how traditional healing looks at healing the human body at a psychological, spiritual and at a physical level.
When healing is being facilitated we are mindful that a human being is a complex system and we need to make well at all those three levels.— Gigo Dineo Ndlanzi, traditional healer
We are looking at patients as an individual entity that has a spiritual ether that when you are not well, something can be very wrong at a spiritual ether.... to the point where you come for a headache we don't just give you something to sniff and go away, we look at what is creating the headache, what is out of tune and needs healing.— Gigo Dineo Ndlanzi, traditional healer
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*The spelling of Africa with a “K” symbolizes activists struggle towards rebuilding the continent and a conscious mindset for the better based on the ancestral past.