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traditional healer

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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A kaleidoscopic blend of rhythm, song and dance, the show tells of the powerful unifying forces of the Sangoma witch doctors.
Witch doctors are held in high esteem by the animist Hmong, who have strong faith in evil spirits and those of their ancestors.
"Chacha's family brought the witch doctor to help them find the suspects.
The 26-year-old woman from Thazhava near Karunagapally in Kollam district, identified as Haseena, had a history of mental illness and her family members apparently engaged the witch doctor to heal her.
The previously mentioned witch doctor was so incensed by Howard turning up on his doorstep that he told him he had 'deep psychological problems and was being followed around by an evil genie.'
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No one is quite sure how the Liverpool star picked up the injury, but a Ghanaian witch doctor was seen stealing away from the Uruguayan training camp, clutching a toothy effigy.
He found some small bones in the net and this was from a Rwandan witch doctor to stop the ball crossing the line.
London, Dec 1 (ANI): The Nobel prize-winner VS Naipaul was recently offered a chance by an African witch doctor to put a curse on his biographers, who described the novelist in an unflattering way.
Byline: A man claiming to be a witch doctor has been arrested by Abu Dhabi Police.
The Witch doctor YMCA and Match of the ay Mrs Anderson wants fit and healthy children.
The head of witches in Ireland has sent a message to the Cameroon witch doctor to express disappointment.