South African traditional medicine comes under the microscope
After decades in the shadows, South Africa's traditional “sangoma” healers are modernising and becoming big business, raising questions about the need for strict regulation.
“Granny” Mahlasela Matcheke runs her practice from a squeaky clean white floor-tiled home in Johannesburg's up-and-coming Soweto township.
Her consultation room is ringed by orderly shelves of transparent jars containing a kaleidoscopic collection of coloured powders and roots.
Solving the mystery of the missing Malaysian plane is proving to be as easy as cracking a homicide without a body.
Or a witness.
Or a motive.
All while billions of people are waiting for the kind of quick and clear resolution that we've come to expect in the information age — and speculating in sometimes wild ways when that resolution doesn't come.
his week on Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya Moore took the next logical step in her journey toward becoming a mother: She attended a Shaman blessing to be healed and ensure her future fertility.
"The Shamans have been known to bless many women with children after their spiritual cleansing," Kenya explained.
Shamans, those exotic high priests of the isolated wilderness who command trance-level consciousness, have become increasingly popular in New Age spiritual quests. In the US, ancient shamanism is also receiving more and more scholarly attention at the same time that contemporary shamans are finding their own followings.Indigenous Students Association proposes new sweat lodge for UBC
Indigenous UBC students may soon be getting a new sweat lodge on campus — provided they can obtain permission.
Representatives of UBC’s First Nations House of Learning met with members of the Indigenous Students Association (InSA) on Friday, March 14, to discuss the possibility of building a new lodge on campus.