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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53338
Doc. No:TL23292
Call number:‭3332333‬
Main Entry:Assefa B. Negwo
Title & Author:Church-based healing and the state in Ethiopia, 1900--1980Assefa B. Negwo
College:Emory University
Date:2008
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2008
Page No:249
Abstract:This dissertation examines the relationship between church-based medicine and the state in Ethiopia over the course of the 20th century. Church-based healing, associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, can be traced back to the 16th century. It involved a rich complex of practices based on the use of esoteric medical and divinatory texts and the manipulation of letters and numbers, as well as invocation of spirits, and the use of herbal therapies. Church-based healers underwent rigorous training lasting many years and dealt with a range of physical and social problems. During the 20th century, church-based healers had to contend with a rapidly changing social and political environment shaped by successive state-led efforts to transform Ethiopian society. These transformations, including the introduction of western education and medicine, began with the westernizing initiatives of Menelik II (1889-1913), and continued through successive post-Menelik governments, including the Italian colonial rule, the restored Ethiopian monarchy under Haile Selassie and the coming to power of a Marxist military regime in the 1970s. This study investigates how church-based medico-magical healers struggled to maintain their medical traditions in the face of these transformations. Understanding the history of these struggles is important for current efforts to integrate traditional health practices into the Ethiopian health system. For these earlier interactions shaped the attitudes of both state health authorities and traditional health practitioners toward one another.
Subject:Social sciences; Church-based; Magico-religious; Indigenous; Magico-medical; Medicine; Healers; Ethiopia; African history; 0331:African history
Added Entry:R. M. Packard
Added Entry:Emory University