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The Place of Witch-Doctors in Zande Society As much of Zande society the character of witch doctors is overseen by political authorities such as the nobles and princes Although the profession of a witch-doctor is exclusively only a commoner profession the nobles do have some interest with the activities of the witch-doctor Nobles seem to have a broader range of concerns since many of the political interests are added to their everyday responsibilities A prince that owns a large number or wives is more vulnerable than a commoner to have strikes by women witches since he has extra contacts with women Nonetheless wisdom of medicines brings the Zande witch-doctor no political power or social prestige as one might think Many times when a witch-doctor performs at the court of a prince or of a wealthy commoner his craft allows him to become associates with the nobles something that laymen do not achieve Since these diviners become more obscure and discreet they are eventually cut off from the rest of society and are somehow excluded from the commoners Prichard speculates that perhaps scepticism is accredited from professionals to laymen for however well witch doctors may keep their secrets they live their lives in privacy with their uninitiated fellows who cannot fail to be influenced by their contactWitch-doctors establish a proportion of social mastery this itself has an economic side in which they are beckoned to homes of the successful commoners or to their friends and family therefore depriving them of the finances that they need to survive To make up for his lost finances the doctor must be paid in metal wealth or food and tools Witch-doctors are not payed a great amount for their services and it also may be many years before a man recovers from the expenses of his admission into this field from his teacher There is also a social separation concerning the ritual fragment for a witch doctors perform for
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