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A shaman or medicine man with extensive body painting and nose stick, Australia. Colour process print.

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1 print : process print, printed in colour ; image 18.3 x 12.6 cm

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Australia: the medicine man & his magic markings. ...

Lettering note

Lettering continues: "His secrets consist principally in the power of projecting certain magic crystals into the patient's body and the art of looking solemn. The design on his head, partly hidden by leaves, is the hand of the Oruncha, the mythical creature from whom he derives his powers; the long black line represents the Oruncha himself, and round it in a sacred pattern are figured the magic healing crystals. His attitude probably indicates that he is holding a crystal. Through the holes in his nose is thrust another magic object, the nature of which is unknown. (see also page 290)."

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Wellcome Library no. 21429i

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