67 year old Alina during her initiation to become a sangoma. The ritual sacrifice of a goat is performed. The spilling of the animals blood is meant to seal the bond between the ancestors and the sangoma. Sangomas are an essential thread in the rich cultural fabric of South Africa. Traditional healing has a long history in Africa, with an estimated 200,000 traditional healers in South Africa alone. Often tribal people will use them as their first port of call instead of seeking medical attention.