Sangomas are traditional healers/shamans from South Africa. They are called in a profound, ancient way to become mystic healers via dreams and a mysterious illness.
John Lockley was born to become a Sangoma and recalls his odyssey from civil war in South Africa, Zen Buddhist meditation in South Korea to prophetic dreams and a ten-year apprenticeship under MaMngwevu, a traditional Xhosa woman from Nelson Mandela’s tribe.
John talks about ‘humanity’ (Ubuntu) and his quest to find an end to war which began for him through listening to his dreams and accepting his ‘calling illness’ in the process of becoming an igqirha elikhulu, a senior sangoma.
One of John’s sangoma names, given to him by the Zulu Sage Credo Mutwa, is “Indlu Yengwe” (house of the leopard). The Leopard is one of the most loved and revered animal totems in Africa. John Lockley’s ‘Leopard Warrior’ is a call for people to listen to their inner nature and face their own shadows. For many people it means facing their wounds, their vulnerability and therein lies the alchemy for our transformation.