Ngubane, Harriet. Body and mind in Zulu medicine: an ethnography of health and disease in Nyuswa-Zulu thought and practice

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Body and mind in Zulu medicine: an ethnography of health and disease in Nyuswa-Zulu thought and practice

Published By: Original publisher London ; New York: Academic Press. 1977. xvi, 184 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Harriet Ngubane

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Zulu (FX20)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Pharmaceuticals (278); Gender status (562); Mode of marriage (583); Arranging a marriage (584); Nuptials (585); Lineages (613); Clans (614); Public welfare (657); Theory of disease (753); Sorcery (754); Magical and mental therapy (755); Medical therapy (757); Eschatology (775); Spirits and gods (776); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Revelation and divination (787); Ethnophysics (822);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source, based on field work on the Nyuswa Reserve, is concerned with Zulu beliefs and practices about sickness and health. Among the topics covered are: Zulu ideas about natural and supernatural causes of illness; sorcery and witchcraft; Zulu cosmology; rituals and sacrifices to the ancestral spirits; spirit possession and divination; and medical treatment. The author's main interest is in applying symbolic analysis as practiced by British social anthropologists to her Zulu data. Hence, the data presented are limited and carefully selected and the Zulu medical system is presented as linked to and reflecting social cleavages within and between lineages and members of polygamous, extended family homesteads. In addition, the author discusses the anomalous position of women within a patrilineal society, color symbolism, and notions of pollution and purity. On the whole, the book seems less concerned with Zulu medical beliefs and practices than with British social anthropological beliefs and practices.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fx20-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Originally presented as the author's thesis Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-169) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1963-1964 (7mos.); 1971 (8 mos.); intermittently between 1964-1971

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnographer, Indigene-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Eleanor C. Swanson ; Marlene Martin ; 1979

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1963-1971

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Nyuswa Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zulu (African people)


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