Ancestral calling or Ubizo according to Southern Africa Nguni people is an awakening to one’s purpose called on by our African Ancestors.
It is usually to be a healer Sangoma, though healing is just one of many reasons for this calling.
Amadlozi or Vadzimu are ancestors of the Nguni people. Ancestors are summoned for help. They’re considered to be custodians of our lives. According to gogo Nokulinda Mhize, a young sangoma, they’re various types of ancestors and spirits that exist within the bloodline of Southern African people.
Ancestral calling is not chosen, it chooses you. It is then up to you to accept the calling or reject it. In accepting the calling you will then go through an initiation process called Intwaso in Xhosa which means “spiritual emergence”. In Zulu the initiation process is called Ukuthwasa meaning ” to emerge as a healer”.