Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
NgomaDiscourses of Healing in Central and Southern Africa$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John Janzen

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520072657

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520072657.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use (for details see http://california.universitypressscholarship.com/page/535/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 16 December 2017

Doing Ngoma

Doing Ngoma

The Texture of Personal Transformation

Chapter:
(p.108) 4 Doing Ngoma
Source:
Ngoma
Author(s):

John M. Janzen

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520072657.003.0005

This chapter moves beyond the behavioral and symbolic features of therapeutic initiation to the conscious, verbal dimension found in the ngoma sessions. A single session is described and analyzed in depth. It provides the basis for a wider comparison with other examples. The centrality of song to ngoma becomes apparent here. Ngoma brings together the disparate elements of an individual's life threads and weaves them into a meaningful fabric. A sequence of self-presentations (ukunqula) and song-dances (ngoma) is reported. Ritual acts out relationships and meanings so as to heighten emotion and to articulate contradictory sentiments. The character and role of music in ngoma therapeutic ritualization are also dealt. A close look at “doing ngoma” reveals that it is the format and the setting in which highly individualistic perceptions are brought into the mirror of social reflection and subjected to reinforcement, repetition, and reaffirmation.

Keywords:   doing ngoma, therapeutic initiation, song, self-presentations, ritual, therapeutic ritualization

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.