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Svikiro is a spirit medium of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.

A Svikiro is primarily known to get possessed by ancestral spirits and will give advice based on that communication, an agent of the ancestors.[1]

The word comes from the verb kusvika meaning 'to arrive at or reach a place'.It also stems from "kusvikirwa" meaning 'to arrive upon' , as it is believed that the ancestral spirits arrive in the bodies of the mediums. [1]

Other types of mediums (svikiro) include "mhondoro" which are possessed by the ancestor spirits of the same name. Mhondoro means lion in the Shona Language. It is believed that mhondoro spirits reside in the bodies on maneless lion until they have a host to possessed. Mhondoro spirits are royal ancestral spirits of deceased chief and kings or any other royals.The believed to be concerned with matter of the clan and territories including the nation.[2]


  1. ^ a b Bethwell A. Ogot (1992). Africa from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century. Paris, France: UNESCO. p. 984. ISBN 923101711X. 
  2. ^ Ngoro, Roderick B. (2004). Jestice, Phyllis G., ed. Nehanda Nayakasikana. Holy People of the World: A Cross-cultural Encyclopedia. 1. p. 633. ISBN 978-1576073551. 

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