The njuzu lives in a small lake. Deep in the lake, there might be a cave and that is where the njuzu would live.You should never use soap to wash yourself or your clothes in such a lake, because it will pollute it.
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There are some secret lakes, which humans can't perceive. There you can find white clothes (belonging to the njuzu) drying on the trees early in the morning, but as it warms up they disappear. The njuzu's purpose is to groom or train the spirit medium or n'anga. A person who has the potential (even if they don't realise it) to become a n'anga might disappear into the water. They might be away a long time, perhaps even up to a year. Their family must not cry or mourn for them, because they have just gone to another place, they're not dead, and if the family does mourn they will die and their body will be washed up on the shore. The relatives have to perform a ritual libation (pouring an offering on the ground) to tell the spirits that the person has gone to the spirit world and to ask the spirits to look after them. While they are away, the person is trained in the spirit world by thenjuzu and when they return to the physical world they are very likely to become a n'angaor traditional healer because they have been to the spirit world and they know how to travel between the two. The njuzu is half human, half fish and is always female so it is no surprise that it is often represented in Shona sculpture very much like our mermaids.Hand made in Zimbabwe.
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