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(FILES) This file photo taken on November 14, 2015 shows twelve-year-old South African Kyle Todd (L) receiving instructions before his initiation ceremony to become a Sangoma or traditional healer at a traditional healer school in Pretoria, South Africa.
Kyle officiates as « sangoma », a medium and traditional healer in South Africa which is extremely rare for a white man in this country. South African traditional healers are practitioners of traditional African medicine in Southern Africa. They fulfill different social and political roles in the community, including divination, healing physical, emotional and spiritual illnesses, directing birth or death rituals, finding lost cattle, protecting warriors, counteracting witches, and narrating the history, cosmology, and myths of their tradition. / AFP / MUJAHID SAFODIEN