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When I was in South Africa a Zulu chief who is also a senior witchdoctor
explained to me the ceremony of 'stopping the wombs of the women'. The use of
contraception was a political, not a personal decision. The Elders met and
discussed the ...
According to Zulu custom a witchdoctor should be present to bless the ground on
which the firstborn is to be delivered, and to help in case of need, but is not
necessary with second and subsequent births.22 Maidens smear cow dung on
One of the folk midwives who served as my informants had been a nurse in a
large American- style hospital for seven years before she had gone into
midwifery among her own people and had also started training as a witchdoctor.
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Mothercraft or Motherhood ?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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