When Fae in the Congo were dying from a mysterious virus that was sweeping through villages, Tshombe was ordered by The Ash to put a curse on Nadia, Lauren's girlfriend, to ensure that Lauren would do everything in her power to find an antidote to the deadly disease.
The Shaman used a Cursing nail to hex Nadia. Every nail used by a Shaman has a reason: one put a spell on a violent man who beat his wife and children, and another on a traitor who had led his soldiers into battle where they were slaughtered (Masks).
When a Shaman allows another person to remove a Cursing nail, the instrument to remove the nail is first held with the hands of the Shaman and the person, together, and it glows a fiery orange light as the Shaman pronounces his consent.
The Goddess Ama gave a sacred healing mask to a revered Shaman in Mali that was later stolen by a Preta.
Trick commented that Witch doctors are dangerous (Original Skin).
The characteristics of the ritualistic magic used by a Shaman is unknown.
- Shamanism is an anthropological term referencing a range of beliefs and practices regarding communication with the spiritual world. Shamanism encompasses the belief that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment.
- A witch doctor was originally a type of healer who treated ailments believed to be caused by witchcraft. In southern Africa, the witch doctors are known as sangomas. Jhākri is the Nepali word for shaman. It is sometimes reserved specifically for practitioners of Nepali shamanism, such as that practiced among the Tamang people and the Magars; it is also used in the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal, which border Nepal. Jhākri shamanism is practiced among numerous ethnic groups of Nepal and Northeast India.
- "Goddess Ama" may refer to Ama-arhus, an Akkadian and Babylonian fertility goddess.