The Xhosa culture learnt from the San and they seem to have kept it going here for 20 thousand years. Africa sees the person as more than a whole. In fact, the society is the whole and the person is who he is because of how society has treated him, fed him, educated him and allowed him to fulfil different functions in that society. “I am because of my society, Ubuntu”.
In Africa there is little talking, nor explanation. It is more of doing, through action. In practise we become disciplined, a disciple and let the practises live in you. This is fundamental in ones development. Letting go of the knowledge attained in Western culture.
Awakening to one’s own inner wisdom, through having actually applied and done things. Practical experience is where the real transformation happens. Through dying of the individuality, we become part of something greater. Once the ego dies, self becomes a strong channel.
African Homoeopathy i.e. Ubulau or Soap, is a process of using plants that contain saponins as the basis of a remedy. Stirred in water which gives the double benefit of dissolving the materials out of the plant medicine and creating a foam, which carries the potentised substance to be partaken. This process is usually referred to as stirring Ubulau.
In the Cape, Silene capensis is one of the most useful species as it gives a very stable pure foam.
The forked stick is held up to call on the heavens and it stirs the spirit into what is held up by mother earth in the form of a clay pot that has two circles touching. Each circle represents 5. 5×2=10. Because they touch on the side, it adds 2 angles. 10+2=12 all the months of the year. Providing food and medicine for the whole year.
“Then God said, ” I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food”. – Genesis 1:29