Faraday Muti Market
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The Faraday Muti Market is also known as Ezinyangeni, which is a Zulu word that means 'the place of healers'.
The Johannesburg muti market in Faraday Street is abuzz with people pretty much any time of day searching for herbs, animal skins, good luck charms and healing potions.
For a little hard currency you can get a diviner to throw the bones for you and predict the future. Step into a consulting room with your medicine man of choice and tell him your problems. Is your wife or husband cheating on you? Will your boss give you a raise? Have a brew specially mixed up to alter future outcomes in your favour.
There are many consulting rooms, each with a doorway that is only 1.6 metres high. They are built like this to force clients to stoop as they enter. This is an attempt to recreate the traditional way of entering a healer's hut. It gives the space a sense of ceremony, and by stooping you are also showing reverence for the healer and indicating that you are ready to submit to his or her wisdom.
The market has given a home to the sangomas who used to trade out in the open beneath the highway a few blocks from where the Faraday Muti Market is now located. This has formalised their presence and has allowed them to make a decent living doing what they love. And the presence of the nearby Faraday taxi rank means ease of access to customers coming from all corners of South Africa.
Local artists were also commissioned to create mosaic work on the buildings and pavements. These add vibrancy and life to a place already teeming with energy.
Experience the healing magic of Africa amid the bustle of one of her biggest cities. The market is open 6 days a week and is fast becoming a major tourist attraction.
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Who to contact
Joburg Connect Call Centre
Tel: 011 375 5555
Johannesburg Tourism Company
Tel: +27(0)11 214 0700