What function or purpose did the witch doctor have in the tribe?
Doctor, mainly medicine, harming headaches, cuts etc. But also they were religious leaders and icons to their community.
Wise one. Medicine man. Hedge witch. Depends on your definition. Technically a "Shaman" is a member of the Tungusk tribe of Siberia who communes with the land spirits on behalf of their community, while "Witch Doctor" is an insult applied by early European settlers in America to the healers in the native communities.
When African people had problems, they went to the tribe witch doctor. Supposedly, the witch doctor knew both the cause of and the cure for their troubles, although he really knew the cause beforehand because either someone had told him, or he had seen what the person had been doing. But the people believed that he knew by magical powers. He would use herbs, masks, and fetishes to heal the sick, call upon spirits, and…
i told the witch doctor i was in love with you i told the witch doctor that you didn't love me too and the the witch doctor he told me what to do he told me: ooh eeh ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang ooh eeh ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang that is all i know. (that was only the first verse)