Friday , July 20 2018

Cultures of ‘magic’ and healing

A discussion about whether traditional medicine can coexist with modern Western medicine. Nokulinda Mkhize a traditional healer, known in South Africa as a sangoma. Dr Vijay Mittal is a well-known ayurvedic healer from the Himalayas, North India. Mayenzeka Baza made a documentary for Al Jazeera’s People and Power called Ndiyindoda: …

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Male Circumcision Video

Male circumcision among African tribes is meant to be a transition from boyhood to manhood. It involves the removal of the penis’ foreskin by cutting it off as this documentary shows. The operation itself is a test of manhood as the participants are expected to endure the pain silently as …

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Birth Rituals Video

In traditional African society a woman is expected to face childbirth bravely despite the pain. It is a honor for a woman to give birth alone without help. Such a woman gains respect from other women in the community. In some other parts of Africa it is the work of …

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Azande Traditional Healing Video

The Azande are an African tribe found in the countries of South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic. They are well known for their belief in witchcraft as the documentary explains. When an Azande woman has difficulties producing milk from her breasts she visits a local …

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Cannibalism In Africa Video

Ritual cannibalism is prevalent in some African countries because of traditional beliefs. In the East African country of Burundi, ritual cannibalism is so widespread that the government had to increase the penalty from life in prison to death. Tradition demands they eat the remains of their dead relatives in order …

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