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Mali Local Customs: 65 reviews and 76 photos


In many of the Malian towns, we saw medicine stands in the markets, with traditional herbs and concoctions available to treat any illness. As many people are unable to read, elaborate pictures are drawn to symbolise the illness you would like to cure.

Such items as animals skins, monkey skulls, dried chamelions and various animal parts are used in traditional medicine, and the sick may hand over large sums of money for these cures and charms in the firm belief that they work.

There is usually a charge for photographing the traditional healers or marabouts (witchdoctors).

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2004
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