Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria. The preacher in a blue flowered shirt taps his microphone to announce "prophecy time." He places his hands on worshippers, who spin in circles, wave their arms in the air and finally collapse to the ground, shaking. They've been delivered.

Afghan malangs: Keeping the country’s mystic roots alive

Afghan malangs: Keeping the country’s mystic roots alive In Afghanistan, there is a special group of people called the malangs. This is an Afghan word which describes men who live a very austere and dangerous life and who are happy with the hardships they endure. A malang is somewhat like the Afghan version of a shaman.

‘Dalai Lama of the Rainforest’ arrives in USA on Earth Day

‘Dalai Lama of the Rainforest’ arrives in USA on Earth DayOn Earth Day today, a Brazilian Indian shaman and spokesman of the Yanomami tribe will arrive in California with an urgent appeal to save the Earth from destruction by protecting the world’s rainforests and its inhabitants.

Witches in the Holy Land

Witches in the Holy Land Shamanism – once the realm of the taboo practices of primitive peoples from the jungles of South America, Africa and Asia – is finding acceptance in the modern Western world. Although shamanic practice can vary among different cultures, in general, shamans play a key role in the societies in which they are revered, using their powers to intercede between the human world and the spirit world to heal an individual and to create harmony on earth.

Gay sangomas are not un-African: study

Gay sangomas are not un-African: studyGay sangomas are not un-African, rather they hold an important place in cultural tradition, a new study suggests. A practising sangoma and graduate student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Lindiwe Mkasi, has published a study which challenges the traditionally-held belief homosexuality is “un-African”.