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Witch Doctor

Witch Doctors

Witch Doctors

It was then quite normal in ancient times and dare I say up until the middle ages for the physician and holy man to treat simultaneously the sick and injured.

This collaboration of the doctor and holy man can still be seen in some countries throughout the world. Even today, the witch doctors of India and Nepal will carry out minor surgery, and give potions to remove the evil spirits at the same time. It is a sad fact that even today in remote areas of Nepal and other countries not blessed by local hospitals, that people will have adapted their way of treating certain conditions, that could mean bringing in a holy man or the acceptance of certain ailments, an example of this is: In the past, women who had developed goitres in Nepal were proud of the enlarged thyroid as it was seen as a status symbol.

It was a fact though that several people have died of conditions because there were no doctors.

It was at this time the holy man acted as a comforter to the patient, very much in the same way as you would see a pastor or priest visit the sick in this country.

It is hard to imagine that these Witch doctors still exist, however even now in the 21st century they exist in many countries and in numerous quantities.


North American Indians used cautery to arrest bleeding, whilst there is evidence to suggest that East African tribes ligated severed blood vessels following battles during tribal conflicts. The examples from above confirm that primitive man understood the need for surgical intervention, all be it in a very crude way.


Native American medicine historically included many sophisticated interventions that have been lost in whole or in part, such as various forms of bodywork, bone setting, midwifery, naturopathy, hydrotherapy, and botanical and nutritional medicine.


Ceremonial and ritual medicine is the largest surviving piece of Native American medicine, but is still only a small part of what was available 500 years ago.

It is well documented that the armies of the ancient civilizations used to treat the wounded following the vicious battles that were fought during these periods. The seriously wounded were terminated by fracturing the cervical spine.

This was done to reduce the suffering of the unfortunate individual who would have indeed died anyway, in agony. A high proportion of those cases today would have a high chance of survival.


""They are a doomed Race. Wars, smallpox, gross immorality, a change from old ways their fate is the common fate of the American, whether he sails the sea in the North, gallops over the plain in the west, or sleeps in his hammock in the forests of Brazil." 27




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