Our land is our inheritance and within the land are sites of sacred significance.
Sacred sites have always been an important aspect of the indigenous peoples all over the world.
This is no less true for South Africa and Africa as a whole.
The Sangoma has always contributed or played the role of guardian to these sites, often having very personal connections to the sites with direct experiences at the site itself.
This is something which is not fully acknowledged and as Sangomas we hope to bring greater recognition of this fact through our work.
We have already worked with various communities and organizations to uplift and make available information around sacred sites that otherwise would not be known of.
One example of this work is the Waterfall at Howick Kwa-Zulu Natal, which is an extremely important site to the Sangoma, and to both the San Bush man and Zulu communities.
In 2013 we worked for 6 months to stop a proposed development at the time which affected the waterfall.
This is just one of many sacred sites which increasingly come under pressure.
“There is growing international recognition of the important role of Sacred Natural Sites in enhancing the resilience of ecosystems, conserving biodiversity and mitigating climate change. There is also a growing recognition that it is the Earth-based knowledge and customary governance systems of indigenous and local communities which have protected Sacred Natural Sites and Territories over millennia.”
Adam Hussein Adam. Published by; Institute for culture & ecology. Kenya
African Biodiversity Network & The Gaia Foundation November 2012
Sacred Sites are vital to our future, it is extremely important that they remain spaces with no, little or at least appropriate interaction. This can be achieved by working with the guardians and caretakers of such sites.
As Sangomas we do offer personal experience at certain sites where it is considered appropriate.
We hope that as global community develops, deeper awareness of such sites will aid in there reverence and protection, so that they may continue to do the work they do as sites and be respected accordingly.
If you would like to find out more about projects and the opportunity to visit a sacred site, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org