oa Africa Insight - The role of the indigenous healer

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Dr M Vera B?hrmann, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, has done extensive research among the Xhosa on healing methods used by indigenous healers. In this article she examines the psychic procedures employed in treating certain illnesses and draws some parallels with Western procedures, and in so doing dispells the belief that witchcraft is based on superstition and magic.

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