A Oumbiasy could be a specialist either in medicine, spirit mediation, or divination and sometimes all three. A client’s request is usually a descriptive monologue of the events that led to the visit and consultation. It could go for a while. Francois’s unwavering attention strikes me. I was warned not to drink or eat anything he offers me, but under the tin roof in Mahajanga, his home clinic heats up. Finally, he interrupts the client, for he ought to fetch a bottle of rhum prior proceeding. Those in need submit unquestionably to the demands of the Oumbiasy, absolute trust.
Mahajenga, Madagascar 2015 ©