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Sangoma: My Odyssey Into the Spirit World of Africa

Hall, James

 This is an EHE autobiography—one of those accounts of how EHEs set one on one’s individual life path and lead one on at critical junctures, and finally become incorporated in a way of being in the world such that self and world are in resonance via EHEs as needed and via "knowing" the rest of the time. Hall graduated magna cum laude from UCLA. Choosing a writing career, he wrote for TV but wanted to switch to books. His vehicle was a biography of Miriam Makeba, who told him his destiny was to become an African spiritual healer, a sangoma. Early signs may have been a penchant for precognitive experiences and strange electrical effects associated with lights, such as street lights going out when he passed them. He vowed to ask a sangoma if life provided him with the means of going to Africa, and it did. He did, and this book tells the improbable story (it reads like a novel) of how this American became the first white sangoma. After many trials and privations, the ancestral spirits broke through and guided him during his two-year initiation. He now is a sangoma living with his wife and their two children in Manzini, Swaziland.
Publisher Information:New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1994. 260p. 15 photos; 1 map
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