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Title:Shona traditional religion and medical practices: methodological approaches to religious phenomena
Author:Shoko, TabonaISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:36
Issue:2
Pages:277-292
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:African religions
Shona
Karanga
traditional medicine
research methods
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24484713
Abstract:This article reviews a selection of principal literature on traditional religion and medical practices among the Shona in Zimbabwe with a view to demonstrating how this subject has been dealt with through the contributions of scholars from a variety of disciplines, viz. Michael Gelfand (1956; 1962; 1965; 1985), M.F.C. Bourdillon (1976), Hubert Bucher (1980), Herbert Aschwanden (1987), Gordon Chavunduka (1978), Martinus Daneel (1971, 1974), O. Dahlin (2002) and the author himself (Tabona Shoko, 2007a, 2007b). The anthropological and sociological approaches used by most scholars are contrasted with phenomenology, which privileges the view from the inside. In his study of the Karanga Shona the author, himself a Karanga, used a phenomenological approach to examine key religious phenomena related to illness and health as expressed in beliefs, ritual activities and the role of sacred practitioners. He contends that the core concern of Karanga religion is 'health and well-being' and that this central concern is logical, rational and consistent. Bibliogr., note, ref., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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