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Renowned South African Traditional Healer Credo Mutwa Has Passed Away

Heralded as the "Father of Indigenous Knowledge", Credo Mutwa passes away at age 98.

Renowned South African sangoma (traditional healer) and author Credo Mutwa has passed away at the age of 98, the SABC reports.

Tributes have been pouring in from South Africans on social media since the news of Mutwa's death emerged.


Mutwa, who was born in what is now known as KwaZulu-Natal province in 1921, was a Zulu traditional healer whose prophecies about former South African President Thabo Mbeki's tenure as well as the 9/11 tragedy and prediction of an impending conflict between the US and Iran, pushed him into the spotlight.

During his lifetime, Mutwa also wrote several books to do with African mythology and traditional Zulu folklore. These included Indaba, my children (1960), Song of the Stars: The Lore of a Zulu Shaman (1996), Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophecies, and Mysteries (2003) and Woman of Four Paths: The Strange Story of a Black Woman in South Africa (2007).

In 2018, Mutwa was honoured at the inaugural USIBA Awards by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, for his lifelong work in contributing to the country's indigenous knowledge systems.

Watch Mutwa's 2008 "message to the world" below. In the video, he speaks about human intuition and the need to be more in touch with the world in which we live.

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa: A Message to the Worldwww.youtube.com

Here are just some of the tributes to Mutwa from South Africans on social media below:






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