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Title:(Consideration of) Illness Causation Among Some Xhosa-Speaking People
Author:De Villiers, Stephne
Year:1985
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Volume:8
Issue:2
Period:June
Pages:48-52
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Xhosa
diseases
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Abstract:This article aims to provide a systematic view of ideas about the causes of health disorders among some Xhosa-speaking people. In their tradition illness is regarded as a type of misfortune, consequently ideas about causes of illness are closely associated with ideas about causes of misfortune in general. Causes, the determination of which is a basic consideration in the diagnosis of an illness, are abstracted from illness conditions and interpreted in terms of Southern Nguni culture. The available information suggests a distinction between supernatural or mystical, or natural or non-mystical causes. - Notes, ref., sum. in Afrikaans.
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