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Title:Media, mediums and metaphors: the modern South African sangoma in various texts
Author:Postel, GitteISNI
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa (ISSN 2159-9130)
Geographic term:South Africa
About person:Tilana Khonoza Mbambatho
Abstract:During the past fifteen years, sangomas have become a distinctive presence in Afrikaans and English novels from South Africa. Furthermore, an international focus on indigenous knowledge and a national emphasis on cultural regeneration have made room for sangomas in several public South African spheres since 1994. There they have become characters in several, sometimes hardly compatible, narratives, changing when narrators and audiences change. But they themselves are narrators too, producing their own, often ritual narratives. This paper explores the way in which Nicholas Gcaleka, the sangoma who went to find the skull of the last Xhosa king, Hintsa, became both narrator of and character in different narratives within literature, politics and historiography. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]