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Mozambican Traditional Healers by Vlad Sokhin

Patient Gafumu Liksongola (22) of Madamba village’s witchdoctor Arnaldo Rodis. During 4 months Gafumu had been treated from mental disease by the healer, who tied a violent patient’s leg to a wooden pole that he wouldn’t run away. All this time Gafumu slept on the ground and ate the food fed to him by the villagers.

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In Mozambique, traditional healers are more popular than professional doctors. All witchdoctors are members of AMETRAMO – Association of Traditional Medics of Mozambique, which brings together practitioners from across the country and issues them a license to “doctor” activities.
To help people, healers call upon spirits, who enter their bodies for a short time during a given session. After a session, doctors give patients compounds of dried herbs and roots, or take their patients through a variety of “wellness” ceremonies, such as bathing in goat’s blood or making special cuts with a razor blade all over the patient’s body. 

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