Transethnic Sojourns for Ethnomedical Knowledge among Igbo Traditional Healers in Nigeria: Preliminary Observations by C. Otutubikey Izugbara & Emmanuel C.J Duru

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Traditional medicine occupies a central place in healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, serving the needs of up to 80% of the population in the region. More recent events including the emergence of new diseases, the resurgence of old ones, and the crisis of western healthcare delivery, etc., have tended to increase the demand placed on traditional medicine in sub-Saharan Africa. To meet the challenges posed by rising user- ship of ethno-medicine in the region, African traditional healers continue to, among other things, regularly seek more curative knowledge and skills. However, although existing research has tended to suggest that healer- healer exchange of therapeutic information and skills in Africa occurs only among healers from the similar ethnic backgrounds, data emerging from a recent study among local healers in Igboland, Nigeria shows that the search for more therapeutic information and skills sometimes takes healers outside their own ethnic homelands.

 

Volume 2 Number 2

  1. Mandolin Mania in Buffalo’s Italian Community, 1895 to 1918
  2. The Religious Taboo Against Eating Pork: A Hypothesis On Its Origin
  3. Transethnic Sojourns for Ethnomedical Knowledge among Igbo Traditional Healers in Nigeria: Preliminary Observations
  4. A Comparison of the Cultural Heritage Laws in the State of New York and Province of Ontario

 

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