An analysis of indigenous healing in suburban Johannesburg

Abstract :

The present study investigated the differences between urban izangoma and izinyanga, as well as the differences between male and female healers in terms of the following criteria: biographical data, pre-training symptoms, training, divination and the ancestors. Data were gained from interviews with 45 urban healers, as well as from observation of the work, ceremonies, rituals and behaviour of many urban healers. A quantitative analysis of the interviews was combined with a qualitative analysis of the healers’ phenomenological reports. Results showed firstly, that izangoma and izinyanga differ significantly in their training, but not in their pre-training experiences, or practice; secondly, that male and female healers do not differ significantly; and thirdly, that with urbanization there has been a trend towards shorter training on a part-time basis and an emergence of two new categories of healer – female izinyanga and male izangoma. It was concluded that, irrespective of their differences in training, izangoma and izinyanga have a similar and very vital role in urban black society.



Author Farrand DM
Date Accessioned 2016-09-22T11:28:21Z
Date Available 2016-09-22T11:28:21Z
Date Created 1978
Identifier URL 1980
Language English
Subject 082 Anthropology
Subject 2 082 Anthropology
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Degree Type Masters degree
Degree Description  MA