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TitleThree perspectives on ukuthwasa : the view from traditional beliefs, western psychiatry and transpersonal psychology
AuthorBooi, Beauty Ntombizanele
SubjectSubjects to be assigned
Date2005
TypeThesis
TypeNonPeerReviewed
Formattext
AbstractAmong the Xhosas, the healing sickness called intwaso is interptreted as a call by the ancestors to become a healer. Transpersonalists also see these initiatory illnesses as spiritual crises, while according to the widely accepted Western psychiatric view, illness is purely perceived in physical and psychological terms. A case study was conducted where a single participant who has undergone the process of ukuthwasa and is functioning as a traditional healer was interviewed. A series of interviews were done where information was gathered about significant experiences related to ukuthwasa process. Tapes were transcribed and a case narrative was written and interpreted using the traditional Xhosa beliefs, the western psychiatric and the transpersonal psychology perspectives. Strengths and weaknesses of each perspective were then examined.
Identifierhttp://eprints.ru.ac.za/175/1/booi-ma.pdf
Identifier Booi, Beauty Ntombizanele (2005) Three perspectives on ukuthwasa : the view from traditional beliefs, western psychiatry and transpersonal psychology. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.