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Full film record documenting the rites of initiation and graduation of <tangoma>, Swazi herbalists and spirit mediums who are respected for their ability to communicate with ancestral spirits. Tangoma (singular sangoma) provide information about illness and misfortune and, through their training, heal with the use of herbs and other traditional medicines. Footage includes session of all-night drumming, singing, and dancing in the chief sangoma's homestead; processional dancing in the open compound; interior shots of the sangoma's dwelling showing ritual paraphernalia; test during which initiates must find a lost goat; and ritual interrogations of the trainees by tangoma.
Sully, Paul, 1982 An Account of Fieldwork among Tangoma in Swaziland. manuscript
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD