Traditional healers and childhood in Zimbabwe
Based on the author's fieldwork among the people of Zezuru, this study focuses on children as clients and as healers in training. In Reynolds's ethnographic investigation of possession and healing, she pays particular attention to the way healers are identified and authenticated in communities, and how they are socialized in the use of medicinal plants, dreams and ritual healing practices. Reynolds examines spiritual interpretation and remediation of children's problems, including women's roles in these activities, and the Zezuru concepts of trauma, evil, illness, and death. Because this study was undertaken just after the War of Liberation in Zimbabwe, it also documents the devastating effects of the war.
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The Training of Traditional Healers
Kin Ties among Claimants to Possession
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