The practice and meanings of spiritual healing in Nepal

Tamang, Asha Lal and Broom, Alex (2010) The practice and meanings of spiritual healing in Nepal. South Asian History and Culture, 1 2: 328-340. doi:10.1080/19472491003593084

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Author Tamang, Asha Lal
Broom, Alex
Title The practice and meanings of spiritual healing in Nepal
Journal name South Asian History and Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1947-2498
ISBN 9780415556095
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/19472491003593084
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 328
End page 340
Total pages 13
Editor Assa Doron
Alex Broom
David Washbrook
Boria Majumdar
Sharmistha Gooptu
Nalin Mehta
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Most of the Nepalese population use various forms of traditional medicine (TM) as their primary form of health care. Biomedical health-care services are currently extremely limited and are largely situated in urban settings. Despite widespread reliance on TM in contemporary Nepal, we know relatively little about the roles and uses of traditional medicine and the sociocultural impacts of a diverse therapeutic landscape. Drawing on a series of in-depth interviews with eight Nepalese spiritual healers, this article explores the character of spiritual healing; processes of training and knowledge transfer and the interplay of biomedicine and spiritual healing. The results illustrate the importance of metaphysical referencing and the master-disciple tradition in securing the socio-medical authority of spiritual healers and the protection of 'the art' of healing. Furthermore, their accounts reflect the impact of recent biomedically driven development programmes on the contemporary practice of spiritual healing in Nepal. We use this data to argue for further research to examine interplay of different forms of TM and biomedicine in Nepal, and to illustrate the importance of such an understanding for health development projects in the region.
Keyword Spiritual healing
Health care
Traditional medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes "This book was published as a special issue of South Asian History and Culture."

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