Rituals of Healing

By Barbara Thompson
Friends of Usambara Society, Tanzania (formerly Stanford University; University of Iowa)

BotswanaSan peoples. Rock painting. Photo by University of Witwatersrand.

Nuum is also embodied in the healers who draw sickness from patients, fill them with positive energy, and aid social well-being. The relationship between health and social cohesion is further reinforced by the healer who shares his trance experiences with the rest of the group through the depiction of his visions in the images of the paintings.