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Table 2 Socio-demographic characteristics of traditional healers)

From: Traditional healing practices in rural Bangladesh: a qualitative investigation

Socio-demographic Characteristics n = 10 %
Sex Male 6 60
Female 4 40
Age 18–39 years 1 10
40–59 years 5 50
60 years and above 4 40
Religion Islam 4 40
Hinduism 5 50
Buddhism 1 10
Occupation Full-time healer 2 20
Agriculturist 2 20
Housewife 4 40
Small businessmen 2 20
Monthly income (in BDT) < 10,000 8 80
10,000–20,000 1 10
> 20,000 1 10
Level of education No formal education 5 50
Primary 3 30
Secondary/Higher secondary 2 20
Source of traditional healing knowledge Mentoring by another healer 5 50
Forefather 3 30
Indigenous 2 20
Type of practices Religious healing (Kalami/Bhandari/Spiritual) 7 70
Non-religious healing (Sorcery/ Kabiraji/ Home medicine) 3 30
Year of practices <  5 years 1 10
5–10 years 2 20
> 10 years 7 70