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Title:Music and healers among the Swazi
Author:De Hen, F.
Year:1990
Periodical:Bulletin des sťances = Mededelingen der zittingen
Volume:36
Issue:4
Pages:665-677
Language:English
Geographic term:Swaziland - Eswatini
Subjects:healers
Swazi
drumming
Abstract:According to the Swazi (Swaziland), death and illness are always considered to be the result of malicious incantation. Hence, white magic is very important. Traditionally, the Swazi recognize two groups of healers: herb doctors, also called 'tinyanga', and healers, or 'tangoma', who invoke the ancestral spirits. The 'tangoma' make use of drums during their rituals. However, drums do not belong to traditional Swazi culture. It is assumed that the drums and the healing ritual have been borrowed from the Shangana-Tsonga. After analysis, this can be confirmed. Bibliogr., sum. also in French and Dutch.
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