What are the signs of Ukuthwasa?

What is UMnono?

UMnono is the spirits of the ‘abalozi’, hence it is the only type of healing which is rarely found and known in Africa.

What is Isithunywa?

A group of people, draped in the uniform of prayer, gather in physical and musical union, rooted in faith. It is a common South African scene and, in Johannesburg, one you’ll see at the riverbanks, in open fields, or even moving through the streets of the inner-city.

What is Umdawe?

Umdawu is an ancestral Spirit that possesses only those who have gone through the process of ukuthwasa, meaning they have first embraced their line ancestors’ gifts and are practicing ubongoma.

What is Idlozi Lamanzi?

Gogo Ntombiyamanzi on Twitter: “If you have idlozi lamanzi, a water-based calling, usually South African herbs and roots don’t work well on you. You need muthi’s that grow in tropical regions and rainforests areas where the weather us super-hot, super-rainy.

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What is the difference between Idlozi and Ithongo?

Idlozi is the ‘spirit’ that possesses a person to become an African Uhlanya (healer), whereas Ithongo is a dead person whom we believe that he is not dead but alive in the land of the ancestors (kwela baphansi).

What is Umsamo in Xhosa?

Umsamo is an Nguni term meaning a place in an Nguni hut where ancestral spirits Ithongo, Amadlozi, Abaphansi or Izinyanya are seated – in English these are called Ancestors or ancestral spirits. Therefore the word ‘Umsamo’ is a place of Amadlozi/amathongo which is ancestors collectively.

How long does it take to finish Ukuthwasa?

Depending on some cultures and how the ancestors want it to be done, this process normally takes between five and nine months and sometimes even longer. In spite of all the sacrifices and the money she has to spend, Nomathongo is ready to accept her calling.

What is Ubungoma?

Often misunderstood, ubungoma is an innate calling and gift from the ancestors that an individual is born with. On accepting one’s ancestral gift, one begins with umsebenzi wabaphantsi (ancestral work). This work is sacred and carries deeper significance than what is seen on the surface.

How do I make my ancestors happy?

The easiest way to venerate ancestors is simple: put a photo of the deceased beside a glass of water and a white candle, and talk to them or recite their favorite prayers. You can also add food or drinks they enjoyed. There is no right or wrong way to honor those who have passed on.

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What happens when you ignore your ancestral calling?

Everything in your life goes wrong when you ignore the calling of your ancestors and in some cases, ignoring them could “lead to your death”. Though Siswana had dreams about becoming a sangoma when she was young, by the time she was a teenager, she had lost interest.

What is Ukuphahla and how is it done?

It combines the four elements of life (earth, fire, air and water) in order to connect to spirit. Devices to have for ukuphahla are Impepho, Snuff, candle and a Cup of water. There are endless approaches to speak with ancestors, but respect and thanksgiving are fundamental.

How do you connect with your ancestors spiritually?

In addition to prayer, calling in your ancestors in meditation is likely the easiest and fastest way to feel their presence. Take time to sit in meditation for 10-30 minutes and specifically call in whichever ancestor by name you feel most connected to and ask them to talk to you!

What are water spirits called?

The Nixie (English) or the Nix/Nixe/Nyx (German) are shapeshifting water spirits who usually appear in human form. The Undine or Ondine is a female water elemental (first appearing the alchemical works of Paracelsus). Jenny Greenteeth in the folklore of Lancashire.

What happens during Ukuthwasa?

Ukuthwasa (initiation) is a process undergone by someone who has ubizo (calling) from their ancestors to become a healer. It has existed for centuries in the African community. Due to the symptoms that appear, ubizo is misunderstood sometimes, and associated with “possession” or “evil spirits”.

How do you communicate with ancestors?

Begin to Communicate with Them: As you light the ancestor candle or offer food/drink to your loved ones, begin to communicate with them. You may pray to them or simply have a conversation with them. Then, you must be open to their messages back to you.

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What do sangoma beads mean?

Many sangomas or traditional healers wear specific amulets and beadwork which aid in identifying them and their work, or for help during their work. Bead colors are usually chosen by the sangoma in line with an individual’s characteristics and particular ailments or troubles.

What does a calling feel like?

Callings draw you toward them. They start as a tiny nagging thought or feeling, then begin to consume your mind and drive your everyday life. They can’t be ignored. You’ll feel a sense of urgency and a strong inclination to follow a calling, whereas a whim is oftentimes fleeting.

Where do ancestors stay?

Ancestors are believed to remain in close contact with their living relatives. As regards their dwelling place, they are thought to live in the vicinity of their graves in which their bodies were buried.

What is the role of Amathongo?

AAmadlozi are governed by a superior galaxy of senior ancestors known as amathongo. The latter are believed to be the primary custodians of umsamo or isigodlo, the Zulu people’s physical and spiritual centre.

What happens during Ukuthwasa?

Ukuthwasa (initiation) is a process undergone by someone who has ubizo (calling) from their ancestors to become a healer. It has existed for centuries in the African community. Due to the symptoms that appear, ubizo is misunderstood sometimes, and associated with “possession” or “evil spirits”.

About the Author

While living in a residential meditation and yoga ashram from 1999 to 2013, Leon devoted his life to the study and practice of meditation.
He accumulated about 15,000 hours of practice over many longer immersion retreats, including hours of silent meditation, chanting, prostrations, and mantra.
While participating in a "meditation marathon," he once sat in meditation for 40 hours straight. More importantly, he fell in love with meditation during this time.

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