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Title Disease, religion, and healing in Asia : collaborations and collisions / edited by Ivette M. Vargas-O'Bryan and Zhou Xun
Published Oxfordshire, England ; New York : Routledge, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 173 pages) : illustrations
Series Routledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy ; 14
Routledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy ; 14
Contents Introduction -- Part I: Disease management in medical and ritual contexts. The management of sickness in an Indian medical vernacular / Helen Lambert -- Like an Indian god: Saint Anthony of Padua in Tamil Nadu as a healer and exorcist / Brigitte Sébastia -- Devotion and affliction in the time of cholera: ritual healing, identity and resistance among Bengali Muslims / Fabrizio M. Ferrari -- Wong Tai Sin: the divine and healing in Hong Kong / Mark Greene -- Part II: Religious and medical explanatory models. Ghost exorcism, memory, and healing in Hinduism / Daniel Cohen --Storytelling and accountability for illness in Sanskrit medical literature / Anthony Cerulli -- Part III: Cultural interfaces and collisions. The method-and-wisdom model in the theoretical syncretism of traditional Mongolian medicine / Vesna A. Wallace -- Balancing tradition alongside a progressively scientific Tibetan medical system / Ivette Vargas-O'Bryan -- Diagnostic techniques of Chinese medical traditions and their interface with the globalization of medical practice / Nancy Holroyde-Downing -- Healing Zen: exploring the brain on bowing / Paula R. Arai
Summary "Recent academic and medical initiatives have highlighted the benefits of studying culturally embedded healing traditions that incorporate religious and philosophical viewpoints to better understand local and global healing phenomena. Capitalising on this trend, the present volume looks at the diverse models of healing that interplay with culture and religion in Asia. Cutting across several Asian regions from Hong Kong to mainland China, Tibet, India, and Japan, the book addresses healing from a broader perspective and reflects a fresh new outlook on the complexities of Asian societies and their approaches to health. In exploring the convergences and collisions a society must negotiate, it shows the emerging urgency in promoting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research on disease, religion and healing in Asia. Drawing on original fieldwork, contributors present their latest research on diverse local models of healing that occur when disease and religion meet in South and East Asian cultures. Revealing the symbiotic relationship of disease, religion and healing and their colliding values in Asia often undetected in healthcare research, the book draws attention to religious, political and social dynamics, issues of identity and ethics, practical and epistemological transformations, and analogous cultural patterns. It challenges the reader to rethink predominantly long-held Western interpretations of disease management and religion."-- Publisher's info
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Healing -- Religious aspects.
Healing -- Asia
Medicine -- Religious aspects.
Medicine -- Asia
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Gaia & Earth Energies.
Healing -- Religious aspects.
Medicine -- Religious aspects.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Form Electronic book
Author Vargas-O'Bryan, Ivette M., editor.
Zhou, Xun, 1968- editor.
ISBN 131577626X