root doctor

root doctor

Also called a witch doctor, jujuman, conjure man, obeahaman” or leaf doctor, this is a priest and physician called upon by African tribal members and followers of religions such as vodoun, Santería and macumba. Root doctor practitioners who use their powers only for good are known as “ngangas.”
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One of the protagonists, George Starling, his grandmother was a root doctor and supplied them with all kinds of herbal remedies for any ailment.
By night, she is a root doctor, alchemist and hunter-gatherer.
A root doctor, healer, and midwife of mythic skill, her pharmacopoeia, the center of her healing practice, was located at the other place.
Desperate to ensure that the Super does not ask her to move out of his apartment, Mm secures the services of a root doctor. The doctor's "prescription" includes the placing of a large cross over the bed the two share.
One night as he sleeps by his aunt's bedside the women's "lullaby of grief envelops him" and he dreams that "his penis changed into a long hickory stick, and the hands caressing it were the hands of M'Dear," the root doctor who treats Aunt Jimmy (110).
If we turn to Naylor's depiction of conjure in Mama Day we can see that she is intent on representing Miranda's skills as those of a root doctor, a practitioner of herbal medicine.
In his memoir, Rebennack said, he drew inspiration from New Orleans folklore about a root doctor who flourished in the mid-1800s.
In the cupboard was a jar containing herbs, roots, two glass beads and a brass charm-- a cure guaranteed, if the root doctor was to be believed, to cast out demons.
Though Hurston does not give an exegetical explanation of the religious values which underlie Joe's calling on the root doctor, she makes it clear that his apparent act of desperation is interrelated with Janie's description of her husband's death.
with Kevin Purcell and the Root Doctors, followed by Indigo Band at 3:30 p.m.
The veteran jazz and bluesman, renowned for his bands The Root Doctors, The Mike Harries Jazz Band and Adamant Band, was a staple of the live music scene for more than 50 years.
The Root Doctors will headline Friday night's street dance, which begins at 6 p.m.