Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Vimbuza Healing Dance

  • Budget (US$): 90,834
  • Source: Japan
  • Dates: 11-2006/12-2009

Benefitting country(ies): Malawi


Popular among the Tumbuka people, the Vimbuza is practised by renowned traditional healers in a special ritual. Patients slowly enter trance, while the audience performs songs to call helping spirits. Vimbuza is a useful complement to other forms of medical treatment.

The safeguarding project seeks to:

  • encourage the transmission of skills and knowledge to younger generations, and
  • raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding the Vimbuza as part of traditional health practices.

The action plan includes: