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Everyday Spirits and Medical Interventions: Ethnographic and Historical Notes on Therapeutic Conventions in Zanzibar Town

Nisula, Tapio

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ISBN 10: 9529573219 / ISBN 13: 9789529573219
Published by Suomen Antropologinen Seura, 1999
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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321 p. Transactions of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 43. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # ABE.0015900

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Title: Everyday Spirits and Medical Interventions: ...

Publisher: Suomen Antropologinen Seura

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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This book deals with the spirit possession phenomenon in relation to biomedical practices in Zanzibar Town, on Zanzibar islands, Tanzania. The possession phenomenon is explored from the perspective of therapeutic option and as a form of cultural knowledge. It is argued that the popularity of possession healing and the work of spirit healers can be understood only in relation to the history of biomedical interventions and the present state of biomedical institutions in Zanzibar. This exploration of health and healing in an urban Islamic context, off the coast of East Africa, is based on ethnographic fieldwork and archive work.

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