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Definition of the noun sangoma

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noun - plural: sangomas

  1. a traditional Zulu healer and respected elder
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: healer / therapist = a person skilled in a particular type of therapy

Alternative definition of the noun sangoma


  1. [context: South Africa] A witch doctor, traditional herbalist, or traditional healer.


  1. Sangoma is a fictional character in the 2009 drama film Skin.
  2. Sangoma is a fictional character from the 2009 film District 9.
  3. Sangoma is a fictional character from the 2006 film König Otto.


  1. "Sangoma" is a musical album of Miriam Makeba.
    • released in (27 years ago)
  2. "Sangoma" is a musical album of Abdullah Ibrahim.
    • released in (42 years ago)


Sangoma a.k.a. Traditional healers of South Africa are practitioners of traditional African medicine in Southern Africa. They fulfill different social and political roles in the community, including divination, healing physical, emotional and spiritual illnesses, directing birth or death rituals, finding lost cattle, protecting warriors, counteracting witches, and narrating the history, cosmology, and myths of their tradition. There are two main types of traditional healers within the Nguni, Sotho-Tswana and Tsonga societies of Southern Africa: the diviner, and the herbalist. These healers are effectively South African shamans who are highly revered and respected in a society where illness is thought to be caused by witchcraft, pollution or through neglect of the ancestors. It is estimated that there are as many as 200,000 indigenous traditional healers in South Africa compared to 25,000 Western-trained doctors. Traditional healers are consulted by approximately 60% of the South African population, usually in conjunction with modern biomedical services.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sangoma

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Google previewWitchcraft in the Church (2016)

Myth or Reality? by Jean Tshibangu

The Sangoma is a seer, sometimes a ...

Google previewShamanism, Discourse, Modernity (2016)

by Thomas Karl Alberts

In several southern African cultural traditions, a sangoma is a spirit medium who becomes temporarily ' possessed'; ...

Google previewChanging World Religions, Cults & Occult

Sangoma Known also as a shaman or witch doctor - a sangoma is a priest of Southern African origin. Sat-Yuga A Sanskrit word, Sat-Yuga is a Hindu prophecy about the coming of the age of truth or golden age. It is characterized by a time of ...

Google previewChildren Around the World: The Ultimate Class Field Trip, Grades PK - 2 (2010)

Visit 14 Countries and Explore the Languages and Cultures of Children Across the Globe by Marilee Whiting Woodfield

ABBCBB Sangoma A sangoma is a traditional South African healer and fortune- teller. A sangoma uses shells, bones, and herbs to foretell a person's future. Gather a small assortment of sticks (for bones), shells, and herb stems and place ...

Google previewCheeky Fictions (2005)

Laughter and the Postcolonial by Susanne Reichl, Mark Stein

A sangoma is an African traditional healer, claiming supernatural powers.

Google previewThe Legend of Bobcat Bill: A Sheriff Thomas Peacemaker Mystery (2014)

by Daniel Agee

A Sangoma is a holy man. Papatua will talk to the creators of all things and we will find the abathakati, perform a light ceremony and destroy it,” Bamba said with a matter-of-fact tone. “Well, we all saw what we saw. A gaggle of people have ...

Google previewSizwe's Test (2008)

A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic by Jonny Steinberg

Sangoma is the Zulu word for diviner-healer, but is used throughout South Africa in all of its languages. Muthi literally means “tree” in Zulu. The proximate English translation is “medicine,” but that is inadequate. An inyanga's herbs are muthi, ...

Google previewThe African Way (2007)

The Power of Interactive Leadership by Mike Boon

A sangoma is a diviner and herbalist - a type of priest-healer. But the myth of the witchdoctor persists. However, sangomas and nyangas are not witchdoctors. Sangomas do not choose this profession for themselves. They experience a calling ...

Google previewNEUROEPISTEMOLOGY (2012)


Sangoma is a drummer, a clairvoyant, one who uses the drum to arouse the spirits. Inyanga also is considered as name for a shaman (Larsen 1996) 12 Lumbewe: a prophet in the camp of Munumu-Taba (an ancient and sacred kingdom).

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Shamanism Volume 2 (Paperback) (2007)

by Christina Pratt

Traditionally the sangoma is a woman. However, there are male sangoma, many of whom are gender variant or transformed shamans. The twasa must learn the tribal and community history, mythology, and ceremonies while engaged in a ...

Google previewWhere Global Contradictions are Sharpest (2005)

Research Stories from the Kalahari by Keyan G. Tomaselli

A sangoma is an African traditional Zulu healer, often a woman, claiming supernatural powers of divination. 67 Only rarely do academic authors get paid ...

Google previewThe Internet Encyclopedia (2004)

by Hossein Bidgoli

pdf Sangoma Technologies (n.d.). X.25 tutorial. Retrieved September 17, 2002, from x25.htm SIP ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African Peoples (2013)

by The Diagram Group,

sangoma A Nguni word for a diviner or prophet. “Sangoma” literally means “peopleof thedrum.” sansa see mbira sanza An Azande musical ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (2017)

by Amy Wenzel

Ukuthwasa refers to the process of being called by ancestral spirits to be a diviner (sangoma) in the female Xhosa community of Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. In the initial stage of this process, most diviners experience a ...

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Plant Names (1999)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology by Umberto Quattrocchi

West Africa: kisidwe, lalnjo Cameroon: anyoe, nyonne, ebungo matatolo, eboungo matalo, bianji, nsangomo, mbawandje Central Africa: orogbo erin, banoummabi, boko, ouotera pissale Gabon: agnube, sangoma, bouandjo, sangoun Ivory ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Shamanism (2015)

by Graham Harvey, Robert J. Wallis

Sangoma) have also been considered shamanic. Zulu writer Credo Mutwa has had considerable international influence on neo-shamans. SPACE ALIENS. Parallels are sometimes ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Lesotho (2003)

by Rosenberg, Weisfelder

many Basotho seek out traditional doctors and healers (sangoma).

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

medic, quack,spike 06 change, crocus,dilute, fiddle,mganga,neuter, repair, weaken 07falsify, massage, pervert, sangoma 08 castrate, disguise,marabout, medicate, medicine,sawbones 09 bodycurer,clinician, physician, sterilize10add drugs ...

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Small photo of MANTENGA, SWAZILAND - JULY 15 : Sangoma, the local magician after a healing ceremony 15. July 2000. Mantenga Nature Reserve. Magic is part of the daily life of tribal people in Africa.Small photo of SWAZILAND - JULY 15: Sangoma in his hut on 15 July 2000 at Swaziland. Sangoma is the shaman, healer and magicician in Swazi and Zulu culture.Small photo of A Sangoma sweeps inside the fertility cave in Clarens in South AfricaSmall photo of MANTENGA, SWAZILAND - JULY 15 : Sangoma, the local magician after a healing ceremony 15. July 2000. Mantenga Nature ReserveSmall photo of 2014, Aug 25, Kwazulu Natal, Africa: Sangoma, a traditional Zulu healer, in ancestral clothing inside a beehive hut. She is a spirit medium for the Zulu people; the cow-tail whisk signifies dignity.Small photo of SWAZILAND - JULY 15: Sangoma's hut on 15 July 2000 at Swaziland. Sangoma is the shaman, healer and magicician in Swazi and Zulu culture.Small photo of SWAZILAND - JULY 15: Sangoma in front of his hut on 15 July 2000 at Swaziland. Sangoma is the shaman, healer and magicician in Swazi and Zulu culture. More...

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