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An old Badaga therapist told me there is a plant species which neither goats nor any cattle will eat. The Kurumba takes a leaf of it and then with this touches the body of his victim. It opens up and he removes all of the internal organs, replacing them with any kind of rubbish. Then by touching the body opening again with the same leaf, the sorcerer closes up the wound and leaves the victim to die over the next few days.

  • Source: Hockings, Paul. Sex and disease in a mountain community. Sahibabad, Distt. Ghaziabad: Vikas Publishing Pvt Ltd., 1980.
  • Culture: Badaga
  • Location: Asia