Shrouded Blessings

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African Books Collective, 2010 - Drama - 169 pages
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Shrouded Blessings is a tale of four people on a collision course. Naomi, a Xhosa schoolgirl and enchantress given to prostitution that counts the S.A Police Commissioner among her clientele, approaches Fr Bryn Flynn, An Irish priest at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King, In Johannesburg, For confession. But Fr Flynn is reeling from the consequences of a parishioner's botched abortion. To The Cathedral also comes Bonginkosi, inheritor of a business empire, To surrender a bloodthirsty and sexually abusive tokoloshe (goblin). As Naomi enjoys her daring escapades, Bonginkosi is catapulted into a maelstrom of spiritual journeys in frantic attempts to get rid of the menace. Beginning in Johannesburg, The story unfolds with great drama and mysticism before a cabbalist in Jerusalem, a diviner in Nigeria, a Lama in the Samye Temple on the Himalayas in Tibet, a Disciplinary Committee of the Vatican, and finally before a Xhosa sangoma (diviner) in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. But will the Xhosa sangoma, a diviner in conflict with the Government and his community, a man threatening gods and desperate For The head of an albino, rid Bonginkosi of the goblin and himself of his newly found wife -Naomi? Down and trodden, Is Naomi not being turned day-by-day into a creature that animates her worst fears - a tokoloshe?
 

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Contents

Characters
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Sunday morning Pulpit of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King Johannesburg
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Sunday afternoon Inside the confessional stall at the Johannesburg Catholic Cathedral
25
Sunday evening A spacious bedroom in the vicarage of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King
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Evening Inside a cabbalists prayer chamber Jerusalem
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Daybreak Inside Naomis flat lounge in Johannesburg
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Midday Inside an august chamber in the Vatican Rome
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Daybreak An openair Xhosa sangomas rainmaking shrine Eastern Cape
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Midday Second day Outside the sangomas homestead consultation hut
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Midmorning Third day Courtyard of the sangomas homestead
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Babylonian Talmud Hagigah 14b
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National Anthem of South Africa
157
Act One
161
Act Two
162
Act Three
165
Act Four
169

Midday the same day Outside the sangomas homestead consultation hut
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