How to communicate with your ancestors (Ukuphahla)


Ukuphahla means communicating with your ancestors. In the Nguni tribe we believe that those that have departed from the physical world become our ancestors and we can communicate with them and they can guide us here in the physical world.

Ukuphahla involves doing a small ritual that can be performed or a daily basis. This ritual allows you to communicate with your ancestors.

This ritual involves traditional methods that have been kept and passed down from generation to generation. Ukuphahla varies in its methods this is due to the different cultures. However, the foundation of this practice is the same.

In this article I will be focusing on Ukuphahla based on the Nguni tribe.

First of all when you do this ritual you need to ensure that you are clean. This means that you must not be intimate with your partner at least for three days. Secondly you must ensure that you do this ritual on an empty stomach. This ritual is best done early in the morning before the sunrise let’s say at about 12 to 5am in the morning. It is believed that at this time your ancestors are still in one place.

If you are a women make sure that your head is covered and you wear a long dress or skirt and some thing that covers your shoulders and if you are a men make sure that you wear longs pants and something that covers your shoulders. Also find a quiet place to perform this ritual..

Doing this ritual you will need



Candles : Blue, white and Yellow

Grass mat

The first thing to have in mind before you phahla is your lineage. Call your clan names. Its important to state who you are when you open the portal to speak to the ancestors. You want to call on the right people and you want those people to know exactly who you are. Ensure that you state that you want only those ancestors who are pure of heart and want only good things for you to come forward.

When you begin the process, start by lighting candles.When the candles are lit, pop a small bundle of mpepho into the clay bowl and burn it. soon as the smoke is rising independantly, pick up snuif container and begin ukuphahla by tossing pinches of snuif on the little grass mat as you call upon your ancestors. state your full name and call upon all your descendants as far as you can name them. call upon the good ones who walk with you in love and light. Than begin to say what’s in your heart.

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