What is a SANGOMA?
For harmony between the living and the dead, vital for a trouble-free life, the sangomas believe that the ancestors must be shown respect through ritual and animal sacrifice.
During times of celebration or an Initiation the possessed sangoma is called to dance and celebrate their ancestors. The sangoma will fall into trance where the ancestors will be channeled, signified by episodes of convulsive fits, followed by the singing of ancestral songs. These songs are echoed back to the ancestor via the audience in a process of call and response. The possessed sangoma will then change into their traditional ancestral clothing and dance vigorously while others drum.
Africa Umoja’s Sangoma