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Health, Healing and Religion A Cross Cultural Perspective

ISBN-10: 0132127717
ISBN-13: 9780132127714
Edition: 1996
Authors: David R. Kinsley
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Book details

List price: $97.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/11/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Explicitly dealing with the religious aspects of healing and healers, this unique and intriguing book examines illness, healing, and religion in cross-cultural perspective by looking at how sickness is understood and treated in a wide variety of cultures. Centered around three principle themes, the text: A) illustrates how crucial it is to frame illness in a meaningful context in every culture and how this process is almost always bound up with religious, spiritual, and moral concerns; B) shows how many beliefs, strategies, and practices that characterize traditional cultures also appear in Christianity, putting healing in the Christian tradition in a broad, rational context, and; C) discusses the continuities between traditional, explicitly religious, and modern medical cultures demonstrating that many features of modern scientific medicine are symbolic and ritualistic, and that many aspects and practices of modern medicine are similar to healing as seen in traditional, pre-scientific medical cultures. For those in the religious, anthropological and medical professions.

Traditional Cultures
Theories of Disease and Types of Healers
Shamanic Healing
Individual Healers
Healing among the Kalahari Kung
Healing Ceremonies among the Navaho
Healers and Healing Rituals among the Zinacanteco
Demonology: Healing Scenarios from North India
Central Themes in Traditional Healing
Christianity
Jesus as a Healer
Healing in the Christian Tradition after Jesus
Saints and Healing Shrines
Contemporary Christian Faith Healers
Healing in Contemporary North American Christianity
Modern medical culture
Aspects of the Healer/Therapist's Role in Modern Psychotherapy
The Placebo Effect: Ritual and Symbol in Modern Medicine
The Ideology of Modern Medical Culture
The Medicalization of Morality: Modern Medicine as Secular Religion
The Search for Meaning in Modern Medicine: The Patient Speaks

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