Sangoma's Throwing Bones


Phansi Museum

Phansi Museum
Berea, South Africa

A selection of objects used by many southern African traditional healers (Sangomas / Inyangas) for bone throwing rituals. In these rituals, bones, animal vertebrae and other objects including dominos or similar objects, cowrie shells, dice, stones or money are thrown out by a Sangoma who then ‘reads’ them. Different groupings of objects and their positioning have different meanings.


  • Title: Sangoma's Throwing Bones
  • Creator: unknown
  • Location Created: Southern Africa

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