Swami had vision he would wed local sangoma

2012-09-22 00:00

A MYSTICAL union is set to be formalised in the marriage of a local sangoma to a swami from India this weekend.

The Table Mountain area will vibrate with joyous celebrations tomorrow when a U.S.-born swami marries a prominent local sangoma in an elaborate traditional Zulu wedding near Lion Park.

He paid a generous lobola for his Zulu bride.

Ganganath (Victor McGill, 65) was led to KwaZulu-Natal by a calling he couldn’t ignore: a vision that showed him a woman he was to find and help.

Ganganath was born in Philadelphia and later went to India, living for 26 years as a sanyassi (a person who leads a life serving God and never marries) in the Ramakrishna Ashram in Ganeshpuri, north-east of Mumbai.

“Although I was not initiated as a swami, many recognised me as one for the long time I spent in the ashram,” he said.

Recently he was initiated as a sangoma-swami, by his bride-to- be, a prominent sangoma and faith healer in KwaZulu-Natal.

His bride is gogo Gladys Msho Nomizimame (64) from an area near the Lion Park.

Ganganath had a calling to leave India to be among the Aborigines in Australia, the native Americans and now, the people of South Africa.

He said: “I had a vision that there was a gogo and her tribe in South Africa who needed my help.

“I landed here on January 28 and immediately tried to locate her. She already knew who I was long before I arrived.

“Her daughter, Busane Thembi Khumalo, told her mother that the ancestors came in a vision and said there was a white man coming to marry her and provide for the family. She just laughed it off and said: ‘An old woman like me getting married?’.”

Nomizimame told Weekend Witness: “When he arrived, I knew immediately that he was part of me.

“Our spirits bonded and I knew his arrival meant that my life-long ambition to be of service to the poor children and families in the area that we lived in, would become a reality.

“I want to set up a mission and carry out the wishes of my mother, who told me in a dream to ‘go back home and fulfil your dreams’.”

Nomizimame cares for more than 30 children and many families. Ganganath paid lobola of 16 cows.

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