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dc.creatorWashington-Weik, Natalie A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-04T14:45:27Z
dc.date.available2010-06-04T14:45:27Z
dc.date.created2009-08en_US
dc.date.issued2010-06-04T14:45:27Z
dc.date.submittedAugust 2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2009-08-309
dc.descriptiontext
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines why healing among the Yoruba people remained a successful popular institution in the colonial period between 1922 and 1955. The factors that allowed the Yoruba healing system to flourish were diverse. The Yoruba’s indigenous and colonial political structures provided some outlets for continued healing practices. Additionally, the purely physical perspectives of western medical and religious competitors were unappealing to many Yoruba. Importantly, the Yoruba healers’ systematic and in-depth knowledge of medicinal remedies was attractive to patrons. Furthermore, Yoruba healers’ use of religious tools and/or the expansive use of spirituality reinforced this healing system as holistic, thus keeping the appeal of the system broad. Lastly, healers’ alliances, standards, certifications and publicity thereof bestowed greater credibility upon the system and its practitioners in an increasingly impersonal region. While changes within Yoruba healing are revealed in this study, additional objectives of this work are to: illustrate the first known history of this institution; situate Yoruba healing as a legitimate system; include female healers in this investigation of Yoruba healing; and present a normal view of an ‘alternative’ medicine. The period of 1922 to 1955 is ideal to explore because various aspects that allowed the Yoruba healing system to thrive developed during this time.en_US
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dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.
dc.subjectHealthen_US
dc.subjectNigeriaen_US
dc.subjectColonialen_US
dc.subjectIndigenousen_US
dc.subjectMedicineen_US
dc.subjectReligionen_US
dc.titleThe resiliency of Yoruba traditional healing : 1922-1955en_US
dc.description.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentHistoryen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistoryen_US
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US


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