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Photo by Marie Frei
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Muti Market in DurbanMuti is a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa. The word is derived from the Zulu word for tree. In Southern Africa, the word muti is in widespread use in most indigenous African languages, as well as in South African English and Afrikaans as a slang word for medicine in general.
The muti market is connected to a larger market and it is a long on ramp filled with individual stalls selling anything from roots and herbs to animal skins, bones, skulls. They are sold for either medicinal purpose or for witchcraft. The vendors look hostile. Taking a photograph without permission and offering some kind of token payment is not advised, mostly because I fear their evil eye and being curse.
It was a slight turn off on the morning I was at the muti market in Durban, there were more white tourists than locals shopping. Then again, how often does one need to visit the witch doctor?