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Title:Indian-African Encounters: Polyculturalism and African Therapeutics in Natal, South Africa, 1886-1950s
Author:Flint, Karen
Year:2006
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Volume:32
Issue:2
Period:June
Pages:367-385
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:folk medicine
culture contact
Indians
Zulu
1890-1899
1900-1949
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
Health and Nutrition
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03057070600656382
Abstract:This article explores Indian-African encounters in the province of Natal, South Africa, through the lens of African therapeutics. By examining the historical antecedents of African therapeutics in this area, it demonstrates that what is considered 'African' or 'indigenous' knowledge is rather an amalgam of many cultural and political influences. Such polyculturalism resulted from the encounters of working-class Indian and African communities, as well as the rise of Indian healers and shopowners of African medicine, leading to the appropriation of each other's ailments, remedies and healers. These encounters combined with the pressure of biomedical scrutiny to help define and shape what is today considered 'traditional' African therapeutics. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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