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Title:Water, Healing, Gender and pace in African Cosmology
Author:Lawuyi, Olatunde B.
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Geographic terms:Nigeria
South Africa
folk medicine
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Abstract:This article elucidates an African generic model of healing that taps into the cosmology of space, viz. rivers and seas, instead of the usual emphasis on the body and/or the mind. Examples are drawn from the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria and the Xhosa in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The article examines water-healing, which involves a systemic relationship between the 'inside' and the 'outside', stagnant and running water, consumption and alienation, male and female, and illness and healing. In connection with both witches and ancestor spirits, it is argued that water offers a convenient forum for good and bad to coexist. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in Afrikaans and English