Please read Caroline & Charlotte's experience of their first traditional Xhosa Ceremony.
Spirit News by John Lockley ‘Ucingolwendaba’
I have travelled all over this world, such as Australia, England, Ireland, Germany, France and all over South Africa. In all these places I have not seen or felt the connection to the Ancestors that I have felt here in the Eastern Cape, Joza location.
Ladies and Gentlemen be proud of your culture and customs.
You are lucky and rich. You have no money but you are connected to your ancestors.
When you sing and dance you raise the spirits of the Ancestors. I tell people overseas that here in South Africa we have gold, the Sangomas.
The world is dying, my friends.
In Europe people have forgotten the old ways of living.
The world is dying because of greediness and a lack of humanity.
You give hope because here I receive the depth of humanity through Sangoma teachings. Wherever I am in the rural Eastern Cape I feel the presence of humanity and the Ancestors guiding us.
Fathers and men don’t forget to teach your children your culture and customs.
When you do spiritual work here in the Eastern Cape you send light throughout the world.
You give people hope, thank you.
Ndihambile phantsie omhlaba wonke, Australia, England, Ireland, Germany, France noMzantsi Afrika wonke. Kuzo zonke ezindawo andikubonanga okanje andiluvanga unxibelelwano eninalo apha eRhini/ Joza.
Mawethu zingceni ngamasiko nezithethe zenu. Nenethamsanqa nobutyebi obungaphaya. Anina mali kodwa ninxulumene nezinyanya zenu.
Xa nisombela nikwaxhentsa, ninyusa umoya wabaphantsi nivuselela nathi.
Ndixelela abantu phesheya, apha Mzantsi Afrika sinayo igolide engamagqirha.
Elizwe liyathsabalala bahlobo bam.
aEurope abantu bakhona balibele ngendlela endala yokuphila. Leyafa elizwe labo, ngenxa yokunyoluka nokungabina buntu.
Ninika ithemba kuba apha ndifumene ubuntu obunzulu. Naphina apho ndikhoyo ndiyaliva ifuthe lobuntu.
Botata nanimadoda sanakulibala ukufundisa abantwana benu ngamasiko nezithethe zenu.
Xa nisenza omsebenzi apha eJoza nithumela ilitha ehlabathini. Ninika abantu ithemba, Enkosi.