Quest for Fruition Through Ngoma

The Political Aspects of Healing in Southern Africa

Marja J. Spierenburg



The indigenous African healing system of music, dance, possession and trance is perhaps best known through John Janzen's book Ngoma: Discourse of Healing in Central and Southern Africa. This collection engages with Janzen's analysis and examines ngoma in its culturally diverse manifestations.


... rich ethnography and provocative intellectual engagement. - Michael Humphrey


Marja J. Spierenburg, Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Amsterdam (2003), is Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.