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Traditional Medicine Making of the 'Emu': Continuity and Change

Kingsley I. Owete

As newer medical problems surface and existing ones appear to resist modern solutions, Africans are increasingly reaching for traditional healing practices and customary protective medicines. Using historical and phenomenological approaches, Traditional Medicine Making of the «Emu»: Continuity and Change investigates religious belief and herbal practices of Emu people. This documentation of medical practices of the Emu people of Nigeria in the context of change transcends the structuralist and functional perspective employed by anthropologists.
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Despite the growth in science and technology, African traditional religion and practices continue to attract followership among Africans across all strata. Against this background, K. I. Owete’s Continuity and Change – Traditional Medicine Making in an Indigenous African Society is an innovative research on the persistence and preference for traditional medical healing and protection on the part of many Africans. This book is a booster to the cognitive approach to the study of religion, dealing with the psychological and spiritual dimensions of traditional mode of healing and protection.

While there are many scholarly works on traditional medicine, their findings are mostly tainted with Christian biases. Contrarily, Owete makes an in-depth study of an ethnic group to explore traditional mode of protection, taxonomy, causality and therapy. He highlights the significance of ritual symbolism in the belief and practice of medicine making in the indigenous African society of Emu.

This book would be of immense benefit to religious scholars, cognitive theorists, policy makers on traditional medicine making, and general audience interested in African cultures.

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