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Mozambican Traditional Healers by Vlad Sokhin

Traditional healer Arnaldo Rodis (45) gives a spiritual consultation to the 32 years old woman Kadija Salimo Giva, who came from Maputo to ask witchdoctor’s help in happy marriage. Madamba village, Tete province.

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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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