Alkire, William H.. The traditional classification and treatment of illness on Woleai and Lamotrek in the Caroline Islands, Micronesia

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Title: The traditional classification and treatment of illness on Woleai and Lamotrek in the Caroline Islands, Micronesia

Published in: Culture -- Vol. 2, no. 1

Published By: Culture -- Vol. 2, no. 1 [Canada]: Canadian Ethnology Society = SociTtT canadienne d'Tthnologie, 1982. 29-41 p.: ill.

By line: William H. Alkire

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Woleai Region (OR21)

Subjects: Food preparation (252); Eating (264); Pharmaceuticals (278); Occupational specialization (463); Rest days and holidays (527); Preventive medicine (751); Theory of disease (753); Medical therapy (757); Spirits and gods (776); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Purification and atonement (783); Magicians and diviners (791); Menstruation (841); Ethnoanatomy (826); Ethnophysiology (827); Transmission of skills (868);

Abstract: This article argues that the classification of illness and treatment in Woleai and Lamotrek Atolls is related to knowledge and associated beliefs involving three classes of spirits. These are 'malevolent' spirits that cause sickness, divination spirits that diagnose ailments, and 'good' spirits that aid in curing. As a consequence, patients who seek treatment need to consult with three types of specialits, namely diviners, medcine curers and massage curers, who focus on each of these three classes of spirits.

Document Number: 46

Document ID: or21-046

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1962-1963,1965,1975-1976

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem ; 2005

Coverage Date: 1899-1976

Coverage Place: Woleai and Lamotrek Atolls, Woleai Region, Federated States of Micronesia

LCSH: Lamotrek (Micronesia)/Caroline Islands -- Social life and customs/Micronesians -- Social life and customs

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