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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Halqqa Brh and the organization of ethnomedical systems of healing and curing in ddi Ya'eqob in Eritrea
Author:Kifleyesus, AbbebeISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Journal of Eritrean Studies (Asmara)
Volume:3
Issue:1
Period:May
Pages:53-67
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Eritrea
Northeast Africa
Subjects:healers
traditional medicine
Health and Nutrition
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
culture
Traditional medicine
diseases
Abstract:The author examines the world of illness and healing from an anthropological perspective that sees systems of illness and healing as cultural systems that revolve around organized patterns of thinking, judging, and behaving shared by members of society, in order to show that local, indigenous medicinal explanations of the world of illness and healing are valid. He uses Halqqa Brh, a 'dbtra' (a magician healer who owns and monopolizes the resources necessary for the production of prophylactic, therapeutic and pathogenic medicine) in ddi Ya'eqob, near Asmara in Eritrea, as a case study in his examination of how ethnomedical knowledge of illness and healing is explained and who knows best when someone is ill; how Halqqa Brh'seray' or magic-based healing and curing powers are conceptualized; and how Halqqa Brh monopolizes and manipulates these magical powers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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