Sangoma: My Odyssey Into the Spirit World of Africa

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Simon & Schuster, Sep 1, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
When James Hall was working in Africa with legendary singer Miriam Makeba, she perceived he had the rare gift to see both into the future and into people's souls. She urged Hall to consult a Sangoma, a traditional healer, who told him he was possessed by ancestral spirits who could give him the power to heal others and to become a Sangoma himself. He underwent a 2-year initiation into the mysteries of psychic possession and traditional healing. He also learned how to read meanings and messages in his set of divination bones, and began his education in the collection and preparation of plants and roots used as traditional medicines. Photos.

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Take a journey to Ixtlan—by way of Swaziland—in this verbose, self-conscious narrative by the only white man to have ever become a sangoma, a traditional African healer. A former television writer ... Read full review

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Hall won acclaim as coauthor of Makeba: My Story (LJ 2/15/88), which detailed the life of exiled South African folk/pop singer Miriam Makeba. In his newest work, he returns to Swaziland, Africa, to ... Read full review

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