My First Sangoma
Trip Start Jan 10, 2006
60Trip End Jun 02, 2006
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The seven of us sat with her and talked about sangomas and what it means to be a sangoma. Sangomas are the traditional healers in southern Afrika. They've mastered soul control. Many agree that the sangoma tradition is the oldest human medical system on the planet. They are messengers between the living and the dead. They also hold a wealth of knowledge of medicinal plants.
We each took turns having our bones read, while those waiting sat around with another sangoma, Limbo Ishmael, to gain more insight into sangomas and life in general
When it was time to go, we stopped at Seipone's little sangoma shop where she sells herbs, roots and trinkets of all sorts. Then we headed back to Charles' house for our last night in Botswana.
We had a great dinner, and Charles was in the mood to party. He got wasted, spilling wine all over the place and tossing frozen bread around the kitchen. Then, when I caught him cooking Polish sausage at 3 a.m., he tried to spoon feed me pesto. I guess the sausage satisfied him, cause he finally went to bed. Ken and I made it to sunrise and finally crashed as we were leaving the next morning, back to South Africa.