Voodoo doctor Vicky Tommasi was born on October 23, 1946, in the tiny village of Drombanti, in Northern Rhodesia.
She became a voodoo priest in the 1960s when she married her then-husband.
She later moved to Johannesburg where she studied medicine at the University of Witwatersrand.
Vicky Tompasi (L), daughter of Vicky and Nkungu, and husband, has been married to Johannes van der Meer for 15 years.
Vicky was born in Drombs and has two children from her marriage to Nkunngu.
Voodoo doctors Vicky (C) and Nkosimana (R) Tompas are pictured at the hospital where they were born in Cape Town.
Vicky’s father died when she was only six years old, so she and her husband, who are also Voodoo priests, were left with no money and were in desperate need of help.
They sought out a doctor named Nkosimbana, who was already a respected practitioner in South Africa.
The doctor recommended that the couple have the operation performed by Vicky’s grandmother.
In 1963, a team of Voodoo healers arrived in Cape Colony.
Vicks mother was so touched by her husband’s efforts that she agreed to take over as the family’s voodoo practitioner.
She would become known as the “voodoo doctor”.
She would also perform a ritual of cleansing her body with a viper’s blood, and was famous for performing it for her patients, many of whom were suffering from mental health issues.
Her son Nkosibana Tompassi said she was also very good at the “puppet” ritual, which involved making the patient sit on a chair with their feet on the floor.
“She would take out a little viper and she would take a little human spirit into her hands and she’d put her feet on top of it, and she put the little vipers blood on top and then she would give it to her patients and they would feel it and they’d say ‘Ah, it’s wonderful’.”
She was very good,” he said.
In 1994, Nkosimpana Tommas was also diagnosed with breast cancer and she died in August 1998.
She was cremated on October 14, 2016.
I hope her spirit is still in us and I will always be a part of her family and her work.””
I’m proud of her and of the work she did and her passion for her work and her faith in the voodoo,” Mr Tompassis said.
“I hope her spirit is still in us and I will always be a part of her family and her work.”
Nkosimula Tompasa is a vocation healer, who performs the traditional ritual of the viper.
It involves the patient placing their feet in the ground, their feet touching the ground with the hand of the healer.
This act is performed to protect the body from the poison of a vulture and to heal the person of the disease.
After the operation was performed, the body is washed with water, a blood vessel is opened, a human hand is put on the skin and a human skull is placed.
Nkosims spirit is then placed in the human skull, the head of which is covered with black skin.
Then, the person is taken out of the body to the crematorium where the ashes are collected.
Her husband, Dr Nkuzi, said his wife was a very good healer and did great work for her people.
“We are very proud of our family and of her,” he added.
“Her spirit is with us.
She is part of our tradition and we will always have her in our prayers.”