The Charlatan…

She is called many names; the wandering woman, mystery lady, the medicine woman, the mad woman of Katoke or the nuisance.

She always appeared in the neighbourhoods for a couple of weeks before the start of each season bearing numerous pots and bags of exotic plants. Each boiling pot served broths that cured various ailments and all that was required for any to work is faith.

Whenever she visited the poorer quarters, the inhabitant’s welcomed her presence. They would come bearing little gifts in exchange for helpings from her healing condiments, but the experience was the opposite at the more prestigious parts of town where the policing guards did their best to discourage the charlatan ‘as she was called.’

On various occasions, they ran her off the premises with a stern warning of arrest if she kept visiting but at dusk, these uppity members of high society went to the poor side of town to see her secretly.

© Jacqueline

Thank you Yarnspinner for the interesting photo prompt and PJ for hosting.

Advertisements

10 thoughts on “The Charlatan…

  1. Healers sometimes called Conjure Women. These women followed and still follow the old holistic ways. Knowing which plants to use for different ailments. Having suffered with certain types of doctors and medications that nearly killed me I would say the real Charlatans are practitioners of Western Medicine. My Aunt Helen lived to be 89 because she stuck with teas, herbs and rarely ate meat. Tossed out every prescription the doctors gave her. She always told me the healing was in the land/plants.

    Liked by 2 people

I love it when you decorate my heart with your words..

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s