Dolls 'go into mourning' after traditional healer dies

Dolls 'go into mourning' after traditional healer dies
Published: 2015 August 29 09:18:28 (13047 Views)
Dolls have apparently gone into mourning in a private room after the death of traditional healer.

45-year-old Phumzile "Nolokhwe" Manekwana died last month at his home in Motherwell NU 12 B, Port Elizabeth, after a long illness.

He believed that his dolls represented his ancestors.

After Nolokhwe moved into an RDP in 1997, which he said his ancestors had predicted would happen, he dug a cave under the house.

There was water in the cave and when the taps ran dry, he would pump it up to give to the community. He was also busy expanding his house.

His 10 dolls were hung all over his house and apparently served as security guards.

When his dolls got old or damaged, he buried them. He would have a bottle of brandy and tobacco at their funerals, where their replacements would be introduced.



Nolokhwe's wife, Siyolise (35) said: "When he died, my father-in-law bought a bottle of brandy and informed the dolls about his death.

"He told them he was going to put them in a special room.

"The dolls can't stand crying people and overcrowded places.

"He built them a private room in the kraal, where no one should disturb them.

"They will come out after four months, when we have finished our mourning period," she said.

She said she was planning on taking over her husband's duties after her mourning period ended.

"Residents will still get water and I will finish building the house," she said.



Source - Dailysun

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