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Thursday 14 July 2016 - 5.00 - 6.30 pm BST

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Rod Suskin

White Sangomas in the Post-Apartheid South Africa: Has Freedom Changed Bantu Shamanism?

Sangomas, or shamans in the South African Bantu tradition, practise divination, ritual and healing strongly defined by their belief in ancestors and the cultural imperatives driven by the past. Although white Europeans have been initiated into the tradition since at least the 18th Century, the abolition of apartheid in 1994 saw a considerable increase in the number of 'white sangomas' since then, something which has attracted the interest and attention of both the popular press and the general public and which is perceived as a 'phenomenon' by laypeople.

Rod's research explored how black sangomas in rural areas view this increase, and whether they view this as a change in their cosmology since it links tradition to shamanism. While a body of research about sangomas exists, little work has been done on 'white sangomas' and their place in this cosmology. Through interviews with black sangomas and studies of Bantu Cosmology, Rod's research aims to throw light into a sometimes-controversial aspect of the new melting pot of culture emerging in post-apartheid South Africa.

In this lecture and slideshow Rod will present some aspects of Bantu cosmology and discuss his research findings.

To register, please send an email to registrar Janet Carrol

as subject write: 'Rod Suskin and Wine 14 July 2016'

(No payment. This event is for free)

Lecturer: Rod Suskin

Rod Suskin is the author of 4 published books. He has also self-published a couple of small books, A Meditator's Manual (1990) and Understanding Reincarnation (1991) as well as textbooks for astrology students. Rod has written a wide variety of articles for most major South African journals, magazines and newspapers

In 2010 Rod was awarded his Masters Degree in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Rod is also the editor of the Sophia Centre postgraduate journal for cosmology in culture, 'SPICA'.