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Title:Coping with Illness in Turkana: A Preliminary Report
Author:Sakumichi, Shinsuke
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Geographic term:Kenya
traditional medicine
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
External link:http://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/18-3&4/18-3&4%20229-240.pdf
Abstract:Among the Turkana (Kenya), illness is called 'edeke' and treatment is called 'akitedek', 'amuronot' or 'etali'. 'Akitedek' refers to all types of treatment by the patient himself, lay persons, or folk healers. 'Amuronot' refers to treatment by a folk healer. 'Etali', which originally denotes a rule, indicates what should be done in the treatment. Some 'etali' is accompanied by the slaughter of animals. While the Turkana are enthusiastic about illness-coping they are indifferent to the cause of illness and the effect of treatment. Diagnosis and treatment are inseparable, there is no feedback. 'Treatment' is seen as procedure and the Turkana have patterned rituals to dispose of an illness without causal or magicoreligious explanation. If coping with illness is equivalent to coping with non-negotiable situations, then the same social conditions underline both 'nakinai' (give me, or begging, a basic form of Turkana communication) and 'etali' of illness. The author conducted research among the Turkana in the area around Kakuma in 1992-1993, 1995, and 1997. Bibliogr., sum.