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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.


"Sangoma" is a musical album of Miriam Makeba.

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Sangoma a.k.a. Traditional healers of South Africa: A sangoma is a practitioner of herbal medicine, divination and counselling in traditional Nguni societies of Southern Africa.

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Google previewReligion and the Health of the Public (2012)

Shifting the Paradigm by Gary Gunderson, Jim Cochrane

Sometimes mistakenly regarded as a “witchdoctor,” the sangoma is a health provider who might use traditional medicines (such as a herbalist), but more generally, employs a mix ofpsychosomatic and spiritual treatments, with a par- ticular ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics by George Ritzer, ISBN 9780073404387 (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Sangoma: A sangoma is a practitioner of herbal medicine, divination and.

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 Wolf Chronicles (2007)

by Vincent A. Kennard

Sangoma is a sort of a cross between a witchdoctor and a spiritualist. They are supposedly very spiritual and often speak to the Zulu's ancestral spirits. They are mostly healers of various ailments and is highly respected and feared by the ...

Google previewCultural History of Plants (2005)

by Sir Ghillean Prance, Mark Nesbitt

Traditional healers have existedthroughout Africasince prehistoric times,for example, theifasandjuju menofWest Africa or the inyanga (sangoma is the term used for diviners) of South Africa. Various methods have been used to identify ...

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

by Christina Pratt

Sangoma connect with the ancestors for divination, diagnosis, and healing. The sangoma uses several methods to arouse the umbilini. Using drumming, the sangoma experiences the umbilini heating, rising up the spine, and bursting through ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2004)

by Tova Navarra

sangoma A male or female shaman, or healer, of southern Africa. In the Zulu culture, for example, the inyanga treats physical disease; the sangoma is concerned with the psychic world but may use similar media. After a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa and the Middle East (2009)

by Facts On File, Incorporated

Sangoma literally means “people of the drum.” sanjak An administrative district of the early Ottoman Empire. By the end of the 14th century the sanjaks had become subdivisions of the larger beylerbeyliks. sanza An Azande musical instrument ...

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 previewHistorical Dictionary of Lesotho (2003)

by Rosenberg, Weisfelder

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

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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 MANTENGA, SWAZILAND - JULY 15 : Sangoma, the local magician after a healing ceremony 15. July 2000. Mantenga Nature Reserve More...

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