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Portraits of Mozambican Traditional Healers by Vlad Sokhin

Witch healer Arnaldo Rodis, (45), with 4 of his wives (from left to right): Lidia (30), Augusta (25), Lutina (26) and Gina (16). Arnaldo had 9 children from 6 wives. (Everyday’s life).

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In Mozambique, traditional healers in Mozambique both more successful and more popular than professional doctors. Hospitals and medical supplies are not always available in the provinces, and local people have more confidence in the spirits of the underworld, which enter the body of the healers, than in prescriptions from pharmacies. As such, all Mozambican healers are members of AMETRAMO (“Associação dos Médicos Tradicionais de Moçambique” – Association of Traditional Medics of Mozambique), which brings together practitioners from across the country and issues them a license to “doctor” activities.

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