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South African Traditional Healers Face Increased Competitioni
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February 25, 2013 3:27 PM
In South Africa, traditional healers known, as sangomas, are deeply entrenched in the culture. So much so that a 2012 court case affirmed that workers can be allowed extended absences to consult a sangoma - much the way sick leave is used to see a doctor. Sangomas are believed to cure various physical and spiritual ills, protect livestock and to divine the future. But how do these traditional healers maintain their influence in modern society and modern cities like Johannesburg? Emilie Iob went to find out and has this report for VOA News from Johannesburg.

South African Traditional Healers Face Increased Competition

Published February 25, 2013

In South Africa, traditional healers known, as sangomas, are deeply entrenched in the culture. So much so that a 2012 court case affirmed that workers can be allowed extended absences to consult a sangoma - much the way sick leave is used to see a doctor. Sangomas are believed to cure various physical and spiritual ills, protect livestock and to divine the future. But how do these traditional healers maintain their influence in modern society and modern cities like Johannesburg? Emilie Iob went to find out and has this report for VOA News from Johannesburg.


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