Warfare in precolonial Africa has been erroneously seen as raids or expeditions involving the use of simple weapons. Contrary to this view, recent research has demonstrated that African warfare was serious business in which all kinds of strategies were utilized, including the production or importation of biological weapons.
Enquiries involving 165 Yoruba traditional healers revealed that the practice of surgery by these healers is rudimentary. Three traditional bonesetters were visited and interviewed extensively about their methods of diagnosis and treatment of fractures. Treatment sessions of one of the bonesetters were attended by the author and some aspects of his management were photographed.
Analysing data from interviews with traditional birth assistants and their clients in rural Nigeria, this paper examines the characteristics and conditions of persons using the services of traditional birth homes. The clients of traditional birth homes mainly comprise women with little or no formal education and in low or no‐income occupations.
Objectives: This paper will present the findings
from a qualitative study exploring the narratives of
Indigenous counsellors in Native community.
Design: The study employed a qualitative design.
Semi-structured narrative interviews were used and
analyzed through a narrative methodology.
Methods: One Native community health agency
Although some cultural practices have been identified as a determinant of HIV transmission, research investigating how specific practices affect HIV risk is lacking. In Malawi, initiation rites, in which young people attend ceremonies around the time of puberty, have received little attention.
The authors present an extensive literature review and discuss the cultural
relevance of indigenous healing practices in promoting psychological,
physical, and spiritual well-being in people of color. Suggestions are
also presented for ways counselors might work with indigenous healing
resources to promote the well-being of people of color.
Objective: In many traditional belief systems in Africa, including South Africa, mental health problems may be attributed to the
influence of ancestors or to bewitchment. Traditional healers are viewed as having the expertise to address these causes. However,
Background: The objective of this study was to establish a regional profile of the indigenous knowledge system
(IKS) for medicinal plant use and cultural practices associated with the healing process of these plants by
traditional healers in the Oshikoto region, Namibia.