Medicine: Weeding Out the Quacks

Five hundred strong, outstanding medicine men trooped into Pretoria last week for their first great convention. They came fully dressed for the occasion, with headdresses of beads or feathers, clanking bracelets and earrings, and costume jewelry made of bones, shells, bells, animal horns and beer-bottle tops. Officially constituting the African Dingaka Association, they were the witch doctors from the Union of South Africa and their cousins from Rhodesia, Bechuanaland, Swaziland and Basutoland.

Said President Lukus Somo: "We have come to reaffirm our faith in the old native customs and in the spirits of...

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