The Holy Mount Nhlangakazi It is said that the late founder of the Shembe movement, Isaiah Shembe, was alone on a hillside when struck down by lightning. The Voice of the Lord thundered the command: “Go south!”. Isaiah Shembe was carried, unconscious, to his hut. He was paralysed, and taken for dead. The women of his village wailed and ululated in hysterical fear. Sangomas and witchdoctors were summoned, and rituals performed to revive Shembe. When he came to, he told his followers that he was among spirits who had instructed him to go south. He duly left on his pilgrimage. The story goes that Mount Nhlangagazi, in KZN South Africa, was where the Lord spoke to Shembe. Almost a century later, the people of Shembe begin each year with a pilgrimage to the Mount, on the first Sunday of the New Year. In 2013, I was one of two white faces that made the climb.