Johanna Wilhelmina Petronella Damman, known under her nickname Jomanda (born May 5, 1948), is a controversial Dutch
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 New Age
New Age
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 guru who refers to herself as the Lady of the light.


Born Johanna Wilhelmina Petronella Damman in Deventer
Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of the river IJssel, but also has a small part of its territory on the west bank. In 2005 the municipality of Bathmen Deventer is a municipality and city in...

, Jomanda is a Dutch spiritualist who described herself as being "a healing medium
Mediumship is described as a form of communication with spirits. It is a practice in religious beliefs such as Spiritualism, Spiritism, Espiritismo, Candomblé, Voodoo and Umbanda.- Concept :...

." She claims to have psychic powers of clairvoyance
The term clairvoyance is used to refer to the ability to gain information about an object, person, location or physical event through means other than the known human senses, a form of extra-sensory perception...

, empathy
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 and prescience, aided by her late father and other powers from the "world divine". She is known to be a devoted fan of paranormal author Jozef Rulof
Jozef Rulof
Josephus Gerhardus Rulof was a Dutch author who was known as a psychic and trance medium or spirit medium. He wrote about thirty books about life, death, and the hereafter....



In 1991, she gained national fame after making an appearance on a popular talk show
Talk show
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. In the next decade, she held public gatherings in Tiel
' is a municipality and a town in the middle of the Netherlands.The town is enclosed by the Waal river and the Linge river on the south and the north side, and the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal on the east side. The city was founded in the 5th century AD....

 where she announced that she would be performing healings, which drew large groups of people. During these sessions she would 'infuse' bottles of tap water
Tap water
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, which she claimed would make them gain healing properties. She also appeared on radio shows, where people were asked to put a bottle of water in front of their radio in order to have it remotely 'infused'.


In 2001, Jomanda was the medical and spiritual adviser of popular Dutch actress Sylvia Millecam
Sylvia Millecam
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 who later died of cancer
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. In 2004, the Dutch Health Inspectorate filed suit against Jomanda claiming that she and three alternative
Alternative medicine
Alternative medicine is any healing practice, "that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine." It is based on historical or cultural traditions, rather than on scientific evidence....

 therapists misled Millecam by claiming that the actress was merely suffering from an inflammation. In October 2006, the investigation was dropped, but in April 2008 an Amsterdam court ruled that Jomanda and two doctors who practise alternative therapies should be prosecuted for their roles in Millecam's death.
The trial started at 30 October 2008. On 12 May 2009 Ronald ter Heegde, her former assistant, confessed on TV in Dutch newsmagazine Nova that Jomanda used other persons to gather information about Sylvia Millecam. She then told Sylvia she had gathered this information as a medium. At 12 June 2009, Jomanda was considered not guilty by the court for being (also) responsible for Sylvia's death. The court criticised her actions, but stated that she could not be held fully responsible for Millecam's fate.

The Dutch Federation Against Quacks (Nederlandse Vereniging tegen de Kwakzalverij) listed her as #15 on their top 20 list of quack
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In October 2004 Jomanda drew publicity again by stating, in accordance with the ideas of Jozef Rulof, 'Cremation hurts'.

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