Three perspectives on ukuthwasa : the view from traditional beliefs, western psychiatry and transpersonal psychology

Booi, Beauty Ntombizanele (2005) Three perspectives on ukuthwasa : the view from traditional beliefs, western psychiatry and transpersonal psychology. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

Among 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.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:traditional healers, South Africa, divination, social aspects of schizophrenia, Xhosa social life and customs, intwaso, ukuthwasa
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:175
Deposited By: Rhodes Library Archive Administrator
Deposited On:18 Nov 2005
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:17
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