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Author Thornton, Robert J., author.

Title Healing the exposed being : a South African Ngoma tradition / Robert J. Thornton.

Publication Info. Johannesburg : Wits University Press, 2018.

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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 336 pages) : PDF file(s).
Note Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 24 Apr 2018).
Summary This ethnography explores the Ngoma healing tradition as practiced in eastern Mpumalanga, South Africa. ‘Bungoma’ is an active philosophical system and healing practice consisting of multiple strands, based on the notion that humans are intrinsically exposed to each other and that this is the cause of illness, but 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 a ‘local knowledge’ that amounts to a practical anthropology of human conflict and the environment. The book seeks to bring this anthropology and its therapeutic applications into relation with global academic anthropology by explaining it through political, economic, interpretive, and environmental lenses.
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Subject Rites and ceremonies -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga.
Healing -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga.
Traditional medicine -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: 9781776140183
ISBN 9781776140190 (electronic bk.)
1776140192 (electronic bk.)
9781776140183 (paperback)