"She lets out a piercing cry, her body starts shaking violently, her hands are clapping to the rhythm of large African drums - she is calling out to her ancestors. Thabiso Siswana is a traditional healer, known in South Africa as a sangoma.
The 24 year old is not your typical sangoma though - she is also a corporate administrator at Bidvest Bank, one of South Africa's best known and most prestigious institutions and has dreams of becoming a successful businesswoman."
Shamans are present in many cultures to this day.......but, within the westernised world the face of shamanism is changing very rapidly......
......the opening quote in this thread is from a report by a BBC correspondent on a Sangoma in Southern Africa who has apparently given cause for surprise by openly taking up her role, after years of staving it off......the surprise, it seems, stems from the fact that she holds a respected position in a large bank. But, is this all there is to it? In a country where spiritual values are themselves undergoing transformation this raises some interesting questions. How acceptable is the role of the shaman and diviner in our times, for instance....
In the west people from all walks of life are being called to the shamanic path, but, it is arguable that their visibility is also compromised - do we also suffer the same surprise, and even stigmatisation, upon becoming visible.......and how can acceptability be brought to this oldest of callings?
Here is the link to the article :