n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Umbilini experiential knowledge and indigenous healing praxis in Ukunyanga tradition

Volume 21 Number 3.2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The study discusses the understanding of (diviner healers) regarding the practice of , a therapeutic skill in tradition. Qualitative data on the maintenance of was collected from 94 participants including , their initiates and clients in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, using integrated data collection methods. The researcher's experiences as an and experiencing other cultures' healing skills also form part of the discussion. Results indicated that , and initiates believe should be sharpened, awakened and nurtured to sustain its power and effect. Various specific cultural related rituals such as , which are birth and initiation rites as well as eating were identified as key strategies used to awaken and maintain . Findings suggest how deep rooted those strategies are to sustaining the power of . The results invite further studies on the valuable contribution that could make towards general life wellness and health protection beyond the scope of its employment by traditional healers.

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