67 this chapter), perhaps due to its communal nature that creates a ‘pool’ of potency, is the central ritual in San supernaturalism.
The San trance dance
Plate 4. A 1950s Kalahari Ju/’hoan dance (© Marshall photograph - RARI archives)
The trance dance is a key San ritual (Guenther 1999: 181) in which medicine specialists are able to activate and manipulate supernatural potency (Barnard 1979: 72). Marshall (1969: 349; also Lewis-Williams 1976: 40) noted that, “The central ritual event in traditional Ju/’hoan life is the…trance dance.” In
Published on Dec 31, 2001
A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand,Johannesburg, for the degree of Master of Arts. 2002, by Siyakha...