Human beings have always sought to understand and explain the occurrence of disease and death.
Throughout South Africa Sangoma's and Nyanga's are traditional healers. Traditional healing is linked to wider belief systems and remains integral to the lives of most Africans. Some traditional healers use good magic as a cure because they believe that illnesses including psychological issues have supernatural origins.
South Africa’s traditional healers believe that supernatural origins are often the chief cause of disease and have much power over the sick person. Three chief dark powerful creatures are Impaka the cat, Incanti the chameleon and Inqolobane the snake.
Though science has discovered the causes of many diseases, questions remain.
Impaka is a creature resembling a cat, which has the power of getting inside any house at will.
The Impaka is bred by evil spirits and then set on its mission of finding its victim, scratching the body and injecting them with poison.
In its natural state, Incanti is a poisonous snake which is believed to have the power of changing its color or assuming various forms resembling different objects and has great powers of fascination.
Anyone who comes upon an Icanti is suddenly under a trance and becomes motionless and speechless for days.
Inqolobane is a wand like snake which is believed to be the chief cause of uncontrollable high fevers.
By getting inside a person, Inqolobane slowly eats the insides of his victim and causing a lingering horrific death.