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Handbook of Research on Theoretical Perspectives on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Developing Countries
The Southern Nguni contextual meaning of invisibility of abantu illnesses is means the inability of the outsider to link the symptoms of abantu illnesses to their causes as understood by the Southern Nguni people in order to be able to prescribe the correct healing method.
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Pluralistic Tendencies in Healing Abantu Illness in the Contemporary South Africa
Kholekile Hazel Ngqila (Walter Sisulu University, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0833-5.ch017
Ukuhanjwa illness was used as an example to understanding abantu illnesses. With attributional theory ukuhanjwa illness is attributed to spiritual and social causes rather than biomedical causes, whereby causal link is socially constructed between ukuhanjwa illness and entry into the body by familiars. Issues explored included conceptualisation of ukuhanjwa illness. The focus of the chapter is on the reasons for continued pluralistic tendencies in healing regardless of the expectation by the West that people should be focusing on the use of the fast evolving biomedical healing methods. The ethnographic study took place among the Southern Nguni people of OR Tambo District Municipality (ORTDM) in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Data was collected using qualitative and ethnographic research methods amongst a sample group of 50 participants. The sample was composed of traditional healers, mothers of children who have experienced ukuhanjwa illness, elderly people (male and female), biomedical practitioners and nurses.
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