The Inyanga, the Sangoma and the Herbalistwith Elliot Ndlovu
Melanie Reeder’s ‘A Sangoma’s Story: the calling of Elliot Ndlovu’ is packed with biographical information about Elliot himself, but additionally, vital information on some of the medicinal plants and herbs that he and many others use as well as traditional beliefs and myths from the Kamberg area that Elliot grew up in, in the Drakensberg. It’s a valuable resource and I encourage you all to get a hard copy or the ebook versions.
Amadlozi – ancestors
Amathambo – Bones
Umsamo – sacred place
One of the aspects of Elliot’s journey was his ukuthwasa. In the podcast (and in Reeder’s book), Elliot takes us through that fascinating event and everything that lead up to it.
The calling to be a traditional healer is frought with ups and downs, depending on how receptive the person is to the messages their ancesors are conveying to them. But once it’s accepted, it is a moving moment in anyone’s life.
The ukuthwasa itself is both an interesting experience, and in Elliot’s case, a phenomenal receiving of information from “the other side”.
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Each person’s journey to becoming a traditional healer, in various cultures, is unique. For me, finding out more about the Zulu traditional healers is essential in building a picture of the history of the Zulus and other Southern African people as well as the value that they bring to modern healing practices before their knowledge is lost forever.
Find out more info on Elliot Ndlovu, purchase a copy of Melanie Reeder’s book or visit Fordoun Spa in the KZN midlands.