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Woman doubts the healing powers of traiteurs

Woman doubts the healing powers of traiteurs

Dear Tante Camilla,

My daughter keeps getting warts on her hands and no matter what we do they keep coming back. My husband’s grandmother keeps telling us to bring her to a traiteur but I don’t really believe in that or even know of one. Do you believe in traiteurs?

Signed,

Worry Wart

Dear Worry Wart:

That’s the problem with the jeune génération, they don’t believe in nothing. You know, beb, before there was the urgent care and emergency rooms and all, there would sometimes be one docteur in about a 30 miles. So the people had to use home remedies to care for their maladies. Now everyone wants to go out and let someone stick needles all over in them use or some special herbs they use in another country but they not going to believe in traiteurs?

Anyway, bonjour, mes amis. This is Tante Camilla ready to give you some advice. So venez ici and écoutez.

Both my grands-mères were traiteurs, they had a special gift. I remember my one grand-mère, my mom’s mom, could treat the podos. I was a little girl so I don’t remember everything but it had to do with a potat and the moon and some prayers and sure enough it would fall off and wouldn’t come back. Now my other mamère, she would treat the sore throats. She would take some feuilles de banane and wrap them around your throat and rub and rub until it felt like she was going to break your neck off. But her, I don’t know, she would curse and curse en Francais. Now she never cursed at all when she wasn’t treating pour maladie but when she was it was like she had to get the diable out.

One time my cousin pretended he was malade so he could hear her, well she knew right away and boy did he get a whipping.

Anyway, I think you should listen to your husband’s grand-mère, because she probably has seen a traiteur treat some podos in her lifetime and she probably knows of one or two traiteurs still around on the bayou.

Well, c'est tout pour asteur. When I get another question you’ll get another answer.

-Tante Camilla

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