Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
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Full film record depicting the three-day initiation and graduation rites of tangoma, Swazi diviners and herbalists who are acknowledged for their ability to communicate with the ancestors and to diagnose and treat illness. Footage includes scenes of an all-night session of singing, drumming, and dancing in the chief sangoma's homestead; preparations of food, medicine, and an altar; the consumption by initiates of food prepared with medicine followed by ritual emesis; ritual interrogations of candidates to test their divinatory powers; riverbank ceremony at which initiates become possessed by ancestors; and final processional dance of tangoma, graduates, and kinsmen.
Sully, Paul, 1982 An Account of Fieldwork among Tangoma in Swaziland. manuscript
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD