Wise Woman

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The term "wise woman" usually refers to a folk healer or midwife, often in the context of pre-modern European peasantry.

It may also refer to the Jungian archetype of the Wise Old Woman.

Ethnographic examples[edit]


  • Gouyen, Apache for "wise woman", a 19th-century Native American figure
  • Agnes Sampson, known as the Wise Wife of Keith, involved in the North Berwick Witch Trials

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