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The thokoza sangoma tradition has its origins among the Swazi- and Shangaan-speaking peoples of southern Africa.
The thokoza tradition differs from other sangoma traditions in South Africa in that its adherents are possessed by non-
lineage or ‘foreign’ spirits, in addition to family ancestors. These spirits are referred to as Ngoni and Ndau.
What is NDAU Sangoma?
The thokoza sangoma tradition has its origins among the Swazi- and Shangaan-speaking peoples of southern
Africa. The thokoza tradition differs from other sangoma traditions in South Africa in that its adherents are
possessed by non-lineage or ‘foreign’ spirits, in addition to family ancestors.Ndau sangoma beads
What does NDAU mean?
The Ndau are an ethnic group which inhabits the Zambezi valley, in central Mozambique all the way to the
coast, in central Malawi, and eastern Zimbabwe, south of Chipinge and Chimanimani. The Ndau people identify
with a lion as their totem. The name “Ndau” itself means “lion” in the Ndau and Shona languages.
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Selection made to receive the wisdom and knowledge of the elders. When young women/men are growing up and the
shaman has determined which one will be the next medicine woman/man in the tribe.
incentral Mozambique all the way to the coast and in central Malawi. The name “Ndau” is a derivation from the
people’straditional salutation “Ndau wee!” in greetings and other social settings. When the Ngoni observed this.
them the Ndau people, the name itself meaning the land, the place or the country in their language. Some suggestions
are that the name is derived from the Nguni words “Amading’indawo” which means “those looking for a place” as this
is what the Gaza Nguni called them and the name then evolved to Ndau. This is erroneous as the natives are described
in detail to have already been occupying parts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique in 1500s by Joao dos Santos. The five
largest Ndau groups are the Magova; the Mashanga; the Vatomboti, the Madanda and the Teve. Ancient Ndau People
met with the Khoi/San during the first trade with the Arabs at Shiriyandenga currently known as Mapungumbye. They
traded with Arabs with “Mpalu” “Njeti” and “Vukotlo’’ these are the red, white and blue coloured cloths together with
golden beads. Ndau people traded traditional herbs, spiritual powers, animal skins and bones