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An Aboriginal medicine man or shaman from the Kakadu tribe sucking the illness from a patient. Process print after B. Spencer, 1914.

Spencer, Baldwin, 1860-1929.
Date
1914

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1914

Physical description

1 process print ; image 11.5 x 19.8 cm

Lettering

Good wizard of the Kakadu tribe sucking evil magic from a sick man. ... Photo, Mr. Baldwin Spencer, from "Handbook for Australia 1914".

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 21343i

Lettering note

Lettering continues: "All maladies are thought by the aborigines to be caused by hostile witchcraft, usually an invisible poison bone or stick, "sent" by an enemy. For curative treatment, the patient lies down, and a tribal wizard gazes fixedly at him, thus projecting unseen crystals of power into him. Then stretched upon the sufferer, he massages him, and, with much effort, sucks the poison bone out of him, invisibly, bit by bit."

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