Jamaican Folk Medicine: A Source of Healing

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University of the West Indies Press, 2004 - 228 頁

This pioneering work is multi-disciplinary in approach as it examines the rich folk medicine of Jamaica. Payne-Jackson and Alleyne analyse the historical and linguistic aspects of folk medicine, based on their research, which included extensive fieldwork and interviews. They explore the sociological and ethnological dimensions of common healing and health-preserving practices which rely on Jamaica's rich biodiversity in medicinal and nutritional flora.

As is the case with other aspects of Jamaican traditional culture, Jamaican folk medicine is largely misunderstood and subject to negative pejorative attitudes. This comprehensively study challenges some of the myths and misinformation. Particular attention is paid to cultural transference from Africa and the use of herbs in African-Jamaican religions.

The work has an appendix and a glossary as well as a detailed bibliography.

 

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A socio-ethnocultural examination of the folk-medicine of Jamaica. This is a work of historical as well as cultural value. 閱讀評論全文

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Slavery and Its Aftermath
14
The Ethnic Dimension
33
African and AfricanJamaican Religions
57
Aetiology and Illness
79
Folk Medical Practitioners
104
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118
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127
The Nature of Healing Herbs
143
Conclusion
181
Drugstore Medicines Kingston Jamaica
190
Glossary
201
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Mervyn C. Alleyne is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of the West Indies, and Visiting Professor, College of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

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