African Folkelore through the eyes of a Zulu Shaman

Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophecies, Mysteries by Vusamazuly Credo Mutwa song of the starshis book is a wonderful introduction to African traditional beliefs, practises, legends, rituals and mythology. This book was first published under the title, Song of the Stars in 1996. It has since been republished as Zulu Shaman from 2003 onwards. The Dark Continent is how Africa has often been described. This is clearly how Western people have always seen Africa. Are we savages, are we backwards or are we simply being judged without understanding?

Great thanks have to be extended to Luisah Teish and Stephen Larsen who helped made this book possible. It is inconceivable to most in South Africa, the impact that Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa has had the world over. This book illustrates the wealth of traditional knowledge from Africa that is potentially lost to the world without the oral tradition being put into writing. So although many taboos have been broken, it is has become necessary.

Some astonishing people are mentioned in the book like JJ Hurtok, Dr John Mack, and other luminaries. These people and others have for decades come from all over the world to seek out the ancient wisdom contained in this book.

The Way of the Witchdoctor is Credo’s personal journey and initiation into the ancient African shamanic traditions. The Great Goddess emphasise the importance of the sacred feminine in African spirituality. Of Goddesses and Gods shows how African values or morals are relayed through stories. Tales of the Trickster contains humour from stories about the great trickster Kintu. The Song of the Stars explores extra-terrestrial origins in African mythology from Dogon, to the Massai, to the Zulu people. The Common Origin of All Humanity begins to move into Mutwa’s personal philosophy and worldview. Dreams, Prophecies and Mysteries is possibly the most exciting because it discusses visions and possibilities of the future as seen through the eyes of one of the last remaining high sanusi’s in the world.

This book serves as an excellent introduction to Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, and African mysteries. As someone else mentioned to me, he moves from tradition to the modern (wanting to become a teacher), and moving back to tradition. Surely a African answer to Joseph Campbell if ever there was one.

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