Healing the exposed being : a South African Ngoma tradition

Level D WK615.88 /527604 Available
Full title: Healing the exposed being : a South African Ngoma tradition Robert J. Thornton.
Main author: Thornton, Robert J., (Author)
Corporate Authors: Project Muse.
Format: Book           


Summary: This ethnography explores the Ngoma healing tradition as practised in eastern Mpumalanga, South Africa. "Bungoma" is an active philosophical system and healing practice sonsisting of multiple strands that is basedon the notion that humans are intrinsically exposed to each other; while this is the cause of illness, it is also the condition for the possibility of healing. This healing seeks to protect the "exposed being" from harm through augmenting the self. Unlike Western medicine, it does not seek to cure physical ailments but aims to prevent suffering by allowing patients to transform their personal narratives of self. Like Western medicine, it is empirical and is presented as "local knowledge" that amounts to a practical anthropology of human conflict and the environment. The book examines this anthropology through political, economic, interpretive and environmental lenses and seeks to bring its therapeutic applications into relation with global academic anthropology.
Corporate Authors: Project Muse.
Language: English
Published: Johannesburg, South Africa: Wits University Press, 2017.
Classmark: WK615.88 /527604
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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-307) and index.
ISBN: 9781776140183
1776140184