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Of life and health, the language of art and religion in an African medical system, Alexis Beykane Tengan

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Of life and health, the language of art and religion in an African medical system, Alexis Beykane Tengan
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Of life and health
Nature of contents
bibliographydictionaries
Responsibility statement
Alexis Beykane Tengan
Sub title
the language of art and religion in an African medical system
Summary
An anthropological study of the health system of the Dagara people of northern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso, Of Life and Health develops a cultural and epistemological lexicon of Dagara life by examining its religious, ritual, and artistic expressions. Consisting of ethnographic descriptions and analyses of six Dagara cultic institutions, each of which deals with different aspects of sustaining and transmitting life, the volume gives a holistic account of the Dagara knowledge system
Table Of Contents
Scientific language, knowledge frames and ways of reasoning -- Life animation and transmission: the language of the ancestors -- Life resources, sustenance, and growth: the language of the spirit and life force of nature (kantanme) -- Health delivery and healing processes: the white bagr healing cult and the food domain -- Health delivery and healing processes: the black bagr healing cult and the domain of the inedible and undomesticated -- Language and cultural ideation on healing: the healer and the healing cult (Tibr) -- The healer, the healing cult and the patient observed -- Conclusion. Nature and the cosmic life in elements: (animated beings, objects and things)
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