Two sangomas cut strips from the skin of the sacrificial cow and tie them around Vangethongo's wrists. The skins are a sign of her newfound status and a means of honoring the animal she dreamed and sacrificed. The smell is believed to help maintain contact with the ancestral spirits. She is surrounded by sangomas who sing traditional songs to accompany the ritual. (image by Alexia Beckerling)
Two sangomas cut strips from the skin of the sacrificial cow and tie them around Vangethongo's wrists. The skins are a sign of her newfound status and a means of honoring the animal she dreamed and sacrificed. The smell is believed to help maintain contact with the ancestral spirits. She is surrounded by sangomas who sing traditional songs to accompany the ritual.
©Alexia Beckerling
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