Connecting with ancestors

LOCAL and international visitors at this year's Tourism Indaba in Durban had a chance to connect with their ancestors.

A traditional Mosotho healer, Mosesi Morabe, was at the show exhibiting and explaining to visitors what the majestic Maluti Mountains in the Basotho cultural village, 25km from the world-renowned Golden Highlands National Park in Free State, have to offer.

Visitors, especially international tourists, were intrigued and excited about experiencing the power of the bones. They were also fascinated when Morabe read the bones to see what the future had in store for them.

The visitors paid R20 a consultation.

Coming in for a consultation people had to remove their shoes before entering the room and sit on a chair made from a tree trunk. The traditional healer sat flat on the floor.

He would throw the bones on the floor in front of the visitor and explain what each bone represented.

"I have been working since nine this morning. It has been mostly white people who consulted and most of them were visiting a traditional healer for the first time," Morabe said.

He said each visitor put their name on a list after consultation. By lunch time on Monday Morabe had seen about 20 people. In between there were visitors who came in with questions about his work.

When Sowetan came to the stand, soccer legend and World Cup ambassador Lucas Radebe was busy consulting inside.

He did not comment on how the consultation went, but looked satisfied and happy after the session.

Morabe said when people go to the Free State they have an opportunity to visit the Basotho cultural village, which depicts the architecture and lifestyle of Basotho from as early as the 16th century to the present.

They will also be able to see the beautiful landscapes of the province's green land.

"Traditional healing is a very common way of healing in the area," Morabe said.

"We treat our visitors to a guided tour where they get to see how a consultation room looks like and to voluntarily consult."