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Healing boundaries in south Kalimantan.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3227380     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the Meratus Mountains of South Kalimantan, Indonesia, a number of intersecting discourses on the body compete to clarify and legitimize health practices and curing techniques. Meratus Dayak shamans cure through chants that metaphorically open and expand social and somatic boundaries; they open up the pores to let in healthy cosmic flows and to remove intrusive foreign objects caused by a patient's narrow-focused definition of self-interest and personal space. In contrast, neighboring Banjar Muslims fortify their boundaries against debilitating intrusions--like poisoned winds and poisoned foods--and messy extrusions--like the spilled blood of vampire's mouths and women's vaginas. In the ensuing ethnic dialog, Meratus shamans are cast as perpetrators as well as curers of the kind of illness-causing sorcery that makes Banjar most vulnerable. The contrasts, and the combinations, of these two curing systems highlight the internal logic of each as well as the social conditions of their continuing practice.
A L Tsing
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  1988  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-04-05     Completed Date:  1989-04-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  829-39     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 01003.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Ethnic Groups
Medicine, Traditional*
Mental Healing*
Religion and Medicine
Sick Role

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