Traditional Healer’s Sign in Zimbabwe


I love this Zimbabwean traditional healer’s sign!

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  1. Tabitha

    Steve here,

    When I shot my wildebeest in Zim in 2004, I was asked if I wanted to keep the tail. I said no. I was then told that it would be either given or sold to a witch doctor for his or her purposes. (I know, I know, “witch doctor” is not nice to say anymore)

  2. Jess

    A lot of people still use the term, though, and you’ll still see it in news reports. I think most people recognize that there are people who practice as “witches” using the same techniques as those who practice as “healers”–and so some sort of distinction is made because of the different intentions behind the medicine.

    Yeah, you’ll definitely see traditional healers with different animal tails (lions, wildebeests, even normal cattle) hanging off of them or hanging up in their huts.

  3. Aja

    Does Dr. Juma make housecalls? Because I’m pretty sure I have, like, half of those problems.

  4. Jess

    If only you lived in Zimbabwe! Oh, wait….bad idea.

  5. m

    not a bad list. i’d personally go for casino luck and maybe a lost lover, but i’d like to see “getting rid of serious diarrhea like the president and his party”, since all else seems to be failing.

  6. Erik

    The “bad luck” part nicely covers everything he might missed otherwise.

    Out of curiosity… did he have signs in the local dialects also, or is English universal enough he didn’t have to bother?

  7. Jess

    English is pretty wide-spread in Zimbabwe. Anybody who goes to school will learn English….

  8. tsitsi

    I want to know more about your website

  9. tsitsi

    I want to know about your website? What do you do

  10. Jess

    Tsitsi, I am a writer, with a scholarly background in African history. You can feel free to contact me at the email address in the About section on the homepage. Jessica

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