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Illustrations

Maps

  1. 1 Location of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape Region of South Africa. Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Eastern-Cape-province-South-Africa/media /1/176933/129602 32
  2. 2 Position on the map of Qokolweni suburb of Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa. © Open Street Map, https://www.roadonmap.com/za/where-is/Qokolweni-Umtata,eastern_cape  33
  3. 3 Map of the Eastern Cape Region. Source: https://municipalities.co.za/provinces/view/1/eastern-cape  105

Photos

  1. 1 A herbalist (amaXhwele) at work. Photo by Tanyi Besong 170
  2. 2 Ancistrocladus Korupensis (commonly called Cameroonian vine). Photo by Emmanuel O. Buea, Cameroon 172
  3. 3 A priestess diviner (amagqirha). Photo by Zona Dotwana 173
  4. 4 A bone thrower (izangoma esichitha amathambo) at work. Photo by Zona Dotwana 176
  5. 5 Faith healer T.B. Joshua exorcising a patient. Photo by Tabi Chama 178
  6. 6 A diviner’s shrine Upper Ngqwarha. Photo by Tabi Chama 181
  7. 7 The dispensary of a traditional healer. Photo by Zona Dotwana 182
  8. 8 Leaves and stripped bark of Prunus Africana (Pygeum, Wotango, African prune, Red stinkwood). Photos by Emmanuel O. Buea, Cameroon 186

Figures

  1. 1 Defining African traditional medicine 195
  2. 2 Usage of traditional medicine 198
  3. 3 Respondents who use and encourage others to use traditional medicine 201
  4. 4 Traditional vs Biomedicine 203
  5. 5 Collaboration between traditional healers and biomedical doctors 204
  6. 6 Challenges experienced in the use of traditional medicine 205
  7. 7 Difference between traditional medicine and modern medicine 207
  8. 8 Opinions on improving traditional medicine 210

Tables

  1. 1 Traditional healing agencies in South Africa. Source: Traditional Healing Agencies in South Africa (McFarlane, 2015: 66) 166
  2. 2 Demographic characteristics of respondents 192
  3. 3 Marital status and religious affiliation of respondents 194
  4. 4 Effectiveness of traditional medicine 210
  5. 5 Number of patients visiting Obale’s shrine 214
  6. 6 Number of patients visiting Enow’s shrine 214
  7. 7 Number of patients visiting Sangoni Community Health Centre 214

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