Without snuff, we’re in trouble: Sangomas cry out as ancestors turn their backs on them


THEIR lives are hell without snuff.

And sangomas want it back on shelves, as it connects them with the ancestors.

This follows after cigarettes, e-cigarettes, snuff and hookah pipes were not included as essential or basic items and are not on sale during the lockdown.

Sangomas from Thaba Nchu in Free State told Daily Sun they knew they couldn’t see clients during the lockdown, but they had to phahla and connect with the ancestors.

They said they used snuff for this purpose, but the ancestors had turned their backs on them as there was no snuff.

Sangoma Christina Rampo (76), also known as Madingaka from Morolong in Thaba Nchu said this was a vital time for them to consult with the ancestors for advice on the coronavirus. “I hope sangomas are allowed to buy snuff. We have checked all the shops and did not get anything. We can’t connect with the ancestors.”

Sangoma Masechaba (94), whose real name is Anna Sefali, said: “It feels like my head no longer functions well. I can’t work with the ancestors without snuff.

“We get news from ancestors only when snuff is used. The world is getting lost because there is no spiritual connection.”

Segomotsi Walaza (28), whose ancestral name is MaKabelo, said she tried to connect with the ancestors several times, but failed “I use snuff to phahla and communicate with my ancestors, but now it’s a struggle.

“This is the first time I have struggled to connect with the ancestors. I feel like I’m losing my mind without communicating with the ancestors,” she said.

The sangomas pleaded with people to stay home so the lockdown isn’t extended.

— Daily Sun

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