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Illness and Cure in Tonga: Traditional and Modern Medical Practice

Siosiane Fanua Bloomfield

Published by Vava'u Press, 2002
ISBN 10: 9822130058 / ISBN 13: 9789822130058
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Title: Illness and Cure in Tonga: Traditional and ...

Publisher: Vava'u Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good


174 p. Includes: illustrations, index, bibliography. Siosiane Fanua Bloomfield looks at traditonal cures and their practitioners in Tongatapu and the remote Niuas of Tonga, in her study, which has a special emphasis on maternal and child health, and family planning. As she examines values and belief systems related to sicknesses and their cures, Siosiane discovers that Tongans are very much concerned with health, but their emphasis is on the social aspect of health, and particularly the spiritual side of social life. Good health, in the Tongan context, is related to the feeling of freedom, of knowing that one has done all expected duties to one's family, land and society. Sickness is considered to be caused by break-down in the social relationship between inferior human beings and superior human beings, or between humans and supernaturals, and the misfortune of not feeling well is brought about by not knowing oneself, and going on or beyond one's capability. Forgiveness is vital in regaining health in the Tongan context. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # ABE.0019277

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