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masego mogashoa

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sacred spaces in the city: urban centre of rituals and healing

The wounds of the colonial past have left social, economic and historical traumas. These include severe spiritual traumas as well. This dissertation aims to create designed spaces and facilities that celebrate traditional and indigenous healing practices by facilitating rituals in the urban city context. Rituals, sacred spaces and sites that are an integral part of the African indigenous religious and spiritual experience act, as venues for spiritual reinforcement and awakening. The space in which we live has multiple layers and multiple dimensions. Their journeys, practices, current spatial conditions and desired spatial requirements need an understanding of rituals and key knowledge systems. The focus of my research aims to investigate the facilitation of healing that enhances spiritual, experiential and sensory reconnection and recovery. A rich body of research exists regarding the clinical aspects of the practice, motivating me to illuminate the metaphysical and mystic facets that are just as critical.

A link is established between a healer and the city centre of Cape Town. I consider the city to have potential to accommodate rituals. An urban plan of this scale suggests a route offering accommodation for a journey of healing from the city centre's most urbanized area (Cape Town Station) to an isolated natural area (Table Mountain).

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