witch doctor


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witch doctor

a shamanistic healer whose primary function is to cure the sick members of the community.

traditional healer

Ethnomedicine
A person in a primitive society who uses long-established methods passed down from one healer to another to treat a person suffering from various illnesses, many of which have psychological underpinnings. Methods used by traditional healers include the use of roots, fetish dolls, voodoo dolls, and the smoking out of a possessing spirit or spell.
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The NAPTIP boss, however, explained that some of the local witch doctors said they were not properly briefed by the traffickers on the natural business they do.
On December 12, the same witch doctor allegedly incited Witharaga villagers who set ablaze the home of Ojwang Odede on claims he had adbucted a KCSE candidate.
A Times of Oman reporter contacted the witch doctor, who presented himself as herbalist and black magic specialist, to ask for his advice on an affair of the heart.
The witch doctor added that any medic could never cure this injury, as they can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual.
Her grandfather visited the witch doctor because he wanted to build a mosque.
He is rumored to have been one of the witch doctors that performed spells for Lieutenant Abubakar "Toumba" Diakite, the former head of the presidential guard, who opened fire on the head of the junta last Thursday.
The witch doctor, his male assistant and Niwas lured the little girl into a field where Chauhan cut off her head after prayers and rituals, the police officer said.
They promised that the witch doctor could fix any problem they had and could help them see into the future.
The traditional remedy for the situation--giving his children encouragement and showing more love--gives way to an untraditional remedy from this untraditional healer, a witch doctor.
Some great high-pitched vocal covers of Funkytown, Witch Doctor, Mess Around and Daniel Powter's Bad Day.
He would tell how the witch doctor, Monga Wonga, would leave the village every morning an hour before dawn.
After five years under the sway of a self-proclaimed witch doctor, she ultimately served 22 years in prison for being an accessory to his murder.