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Healing texts and healing techniques in indigenous Balinese medicine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3227378     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Case histories of three prominent Balinese healers illustrate various ways that indigenous medical texts are used in healing. Most healers employ mantras, spells and inscriptions from the texts because they believe them to have innate power which can heal. A smaller group of healers are literate in the archaic language used in the palm-leaf medical manuscripts. However, their use of these manuscripts often differs from the literal and unambiguous way that Westerners read medical documents. An examination of Balinese medical manuscripts, in the context of the conventions of Balinese literature, demonstrates the use of these texts to align the body with the macrocosm and to reaffirm the beliefs of the ancestors.
A P McCauley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  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:  779-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Continuing Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218.
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MeSH Terms
Manuscripts, Medical*
Medicine, Traditional*
Mental Healing
Religion and Medicine

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