ISangoma is a traditional Zulu diviner whose main function is to heal and protect the people in the community. An iSangoma contacts the ancestral spirits and other important religious functions. An iSangoma initiate is called a "thwasas" who wears red, symbolizing the transformation process that the apprentice is undergoing. The initiate symbolic death is one's old self and the rebirth of a new iSangoma. A part of the rites of passage is wearing white medicinal clay on skin symbolizes bravery, power and protection against negative forces.