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In certain traditional cultures, especially in Africa, a sorcerer or shamanistic healer.
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1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) Also called: shaman or medicine man a man in certain societies, esp preliterate ones, who appears to possess magical powers, used esp to cure sickness but also to harm people
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a person who seeks out or hunts witches in some African tribal cultures
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a person in some societies who attempts to cure sickness and to exorcise evil spirits by the use of magic.
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Also called an “obeahman,” “jujuman,” root doctor, conjure man and leaf doctor, this is a priest and physician called upon by African tribal members and followers of religions such as vodoun, Santería and macumba. Witch doctors who use their powers only for good are known as “ngangas.”
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|Noun||1.||witch doctor - someone who is believed to heal through magical powers|
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noun shaman, healer, sangoma (S. African) He believed the village witch doctor had put a curse on him.
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