Booi, Beauty Ntombizanele (2005) Three perspectives on ukuthwasa : the view from traditional beliefs, western psychiatry and transpersonal psychology. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.
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|
|Deposited By:||Rhodes Library Archive Administrator|
|Deposited On:||18 Nov 2005|
|Last Modified:||06 Jan 2012 16:17|
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