Psychoactive Ubulawu Spiritual Medicines and Healing Dynamics in the Initiation Process of Southern Bantu Diviners

  title={Psychoactive Ubulawu Spiritual Medicines and Healing Dynamics in the Initiation Process of Southern Bantu Diviners},
  author={Jean-Francois Sobiecki},
  journal={Journal of Psychoactive Drugs},
  pages={216 - 223}
  • J. Sobiecki
  • Published 1 July 2012
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
Abstract The use of psychoactive plants by traditional healers in southern Africa appears to be a neglected area of ethnobotanical research. This article explores the healing dynamics involved in the use of popular psychoactive plant preparations known as ubulawu in the initiation rituals of Southern Bantu diviners. Research methods include a review of the literature, fieldwork interviews with Southern Bantu diviners, and an analysis of experiential accounts from diverse informants on their use… 

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