[share_ebook] Magical medicine: The folkloric component of medicine in the folk belief, custom, and ritual of the peoples of Europe and America


Author: Wayland Debs Hand

Date: 1981-02-28

Pages: 296

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

Category: Study


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Magical medicine: The folkloric component of medicine in the folk belief, custom, and ritual of the peoples of Europe and America


Magical medicine: The folkloric component of medicine in the folk belief, custom, and ritual of the peoples of Europe and America
Wayland Debs Hand | Univ of California Pr | 1981-02-28 | 296 pages | English | PDF

«Distilling baby's first tear into the eye of a blind man to make him see»; «Plucking herbs upward for emetics and downward for purgatives»; «Stroking one's goiter with a dead man's hand to make the growth shrivel away» - these are not beliefs and customs found among primitive peoples in remote parts of the world but are examples of hundreds of items of magical medicine found in Professor Hand's remarkable collection of essays dealing with this neglected field in twentieth-century Europe and America. Fantasy and imagination still have free reign in people's lives, more than any of us will admit. In a lime when science is preeminent, irrational thinking can lay hold on the mind of man as much as in olden limes. Folk medicine has expanded in recent years to include holistic medicine and other forms of alternative medicine, but little attention has been paid ro magical medicine. Despite the benefits of medical science in an advanced culture, the magical medicine of Europe and America has clung to an unusually rich and virginal body of magical lore that lies at the base of its folk medical thought. Ethnomedicine in the inner cities of America can be better understood by practitioners who know something about folk medicine and, especially, if they know some of the basics of magical medicine.


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