Mozambican traditional healers
Traditional healers in Mozambique have much more success than the professional doctors. Hospitals and medical supplies in the provinces are not always available, and the local people have more confidence in the spirits of the underworld that enter the body of the healers, than in medicaments from the pharmacies.
All healers are members of AMETRAMO (“Associacao dos Medicos Tradicionais de Mocambique”- Association of Traditional Medics of Mozambique), that brings together practitioners from across the country and issues them a license to “doctor” activities.
To help people, healers call spirits and give them their bodies for a short time for the session. These are, basically, spirits of wild animals, spirits of killed soldiers or dead relatives, and even the spirits of the Biblical prophets.
After the session doctors give patients drugs from dried herbs and roots, or force to take their patients through a variety of “wellness” ceremony, such as taking a bath of goat’s blood or doing medical blade cuts all over their body.
Mozambique has more than 70,000 traditional healers, while the professional doctors in the country are not more than fifteen hundred. Organization AMETRAMO was officially recognized by the government of the country nine years ago, and on August 31st around Mozambique is celebrated the Dia da Medicina Tradicional (Traditional Medicine Day).