African Blackwood

(Dalbergia melanoxylon) Among some of the peoples of the Sudan, the causes of illness are divined through burning the young growths of this tree. The wood will burn "bright and sharp", so giving information about the activities of witches, which can then be interpreted by diviners (Rival). More empiricially, decoctions of the roots are given throughout East Africa in the treatment of sickness ascribed to the effect of an evil spirit, and the bark is one of the ingredients of the steam bath used for the same purpose (Koritschoner).

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