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The “White” Sangoma

The “White” Sangoma

South Africa

Adorned in colorful beaded clothing, and dancing bare feet to African drums as if in a ritualistic mood, is a young white boy.

Kyle Todd is a spiritual healer commonly known as “sangoma” in South Africa.

At 12 years, Kyle stands out in a profession dominated by blacks in his native South Africa.

Most of my friends went against me and started being ex-friends

He says it started with premonitions which his parents first dismissed.

Kyle claims he predicted the xenophobic attacks that rocked South Africa in April 2015 and left at least 7 people dead.

But one of his most vivid dream he says he foresaw the death of South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December 2013.

Away from his practice, Kyle is a normal 12 year old who likes watching television and playing football .


But it has not been easy for Kyle and his family.

According to Mike Todd, Kyle’s father, they come from a community that does not believe in sangoma’s and Kyle has lost some friends.

“Most of my friends went against me and started being ex-friends,” Kyle said.

Sangomas occupy a respected position in South African society, particularly among blacks, who view them with a mix of reverence and fear

The young boy continues to trailblaze in a country that has about 69,000 registered sangomas and he eventually hopes to combine learning medicinal herbs with scientific studies.

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