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Healing hands: Martha’s massage that ‘raises the dead’

Healing hands: Martha’s massage that 'raises the dead'
MASSEUSE: Martha Serowe David

“It is unfortunate that African traditional healing practices are frowned upon, at times the subject of much ridicule, compared with western methods or modern medicine. Ask yourself this simple question: how did Batswana or Africans live pre-colonisation … When someone sprained an ankle or fractured a limb, how do you suppose they were healed?”

These are the rhetorical questions of 56-year-old Martha Serowe David, a healing massage therapist in the capital’s locality of Bontleng. Many of our fellow Batswana are proficient in the area of traditional healing and indigenous medicine, and the b...

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