African Secrets The Medicine Man
This is the story of traditional healing as practiced in the Shona tribes of Zimbabwe. It is centred on Tichaona Svosve, a spirit medium, who uses ancestral spirits to conjure up remedies for his patients. The viewer will savour the myths and facts presented in this programme. The drama surrounding Svosve’s possession by the ancestral spirits boggles the mind. The animated spasms that characterise the healer’s transition from the living world to the world of the dead and the controversy surrounding this practice is worth discovering.
Besides the spiritual rituals involved in some forms of traditional healing, this episode also relates the use of herbal medicine in the country to support the widely used clinical medicine.
The witchdoctor’s procedures are interlinked with interviews to tell this mysterious story of healing and the administration of all forms of traditional healing in the Southern African country.