ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIBIAS (NATIVE DOCTORS)

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Dibia (Native Doctors and Diviners) were highly revered and were of extreme importance in traditional igbo society.

The men and women who practiced this profession served as bridges between the physical and spiritual worlds and were traditional equivalent of modern- day doctors.

When an individual would suffer from a terrible ailment, a dibia would be called to administer healing in the form of herbs or prayers.

In addition to travel around as herbalists, some dibia would be called also live sedentary lives in service to dieties, oracles and shrines. With the coming of christianity , European missionaries perceived dibias as “agents of the devil” and played a major significant role in the creation of the modern day misconception that dibias are evil.

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