Victory for African knowledge systems

Victory for African knowledge systemsSupreme Court of Appeal has taken a giant step in recognising the wisdom of our ancestors, and the upliftment of indigenous beliefs, writes Annelie de Wet.

In eastern Taiwan, a Bunun shamaness finds her successor

In eastern Taiwan, a Bunun shamaness finds her successorAn octogenarian Bunun shamaness in eastern Taiwan has transmitted her powers to a septuagenarian novice in order to hold to the traditions of the indigenous Taiwanese people group against the flow of modern society

For Navajo medicine man, ceremony and tribal custom is at the center

For Navajo medicine man, ceremony and tribal custom is at the centerThat's one way Francis Mitchell summons people he meets to keep in touch with Navajo culture. At 67, Mitchell is a Navajo medicine man, a Vietnam veteran, father of nine and mentor and spritual advisor to many.

Communing with spirits

Communing with spiritsThe shaman of Xi Wuqi city wakes before sunrise on a Wednesday morning in June, piles his family into his silver Peugeot, and drives out beyond the city’s boxy mid-rises, past miles of strip-mines and coal refineries, and to the foot of a broad kelly-green hillside on the grasslands.

Ancestors Speak through Zulu Oracle

Ancestors Speak through Zulu OracleWe are Quinn and Fabian Makhanda, African-American twins who lived with our Great-Grandmother Anna Makhanda in the township of Soweto in South Africa from 1992-1994. Anna Makhanda was a renowned African Oracle [Sangoma] and prayer person who was a faithful member of the community’s Christian church.