[German Version] Sickness and Healing...
The African American discourse has frequently converged with that of disability studies as both seem to have much in common. However, the intersection of race, gender and disability is not additive, it points to forging multi-layered identities that must endure marginalization, pain and stigma on myriad levels. African Americans have been linked historically to disability since the time of slavery to justify their racial oppression and 19th-century slave narratives teem with such disabled characters. The African American canon continued to display disabled characters whose physical impairments symbolized the violence and institutionalized exclusion blacks have been subject to. Throughout the 20thcentury, disability in African American literature became a politicized metaphor for victimization and isolation, and grew into another oppressive social construction like race and gender. Published in 1980, Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters delineates a plethora of African American characters suffering from disabilities or illnesses. The novel focuses primarily on the healing of its traumatized protagonist Velma Henry and her sessions with Minnie Ransom the district healer. This chapter is trying to answer the following questions: how does Velma’s narration of her story help her therapeutically? Is the novel a narrative of overcoming or an expression of the protagonist’s alterity and otherness as a literary invalid? Is Velma’s disability from that perspective oppressive or liberating? Hegemonic systems of representation have featured a lot of mad women in the attic who are negatively pitiable and stereotypically undesirable, how does Bambara conceptualize and negotiate disability in her novel for an African American woman: is she racializing and gendering disability or does she conceive race and gender themselves as disabilities? And how does the black woman, who had long been seen as the ‘mule of the world’ to borrow the phrase of Zora Neale Hurston, handle her disability and express her pain?
A Pentecostal Reading
William K. Kay
because her husband had been married before. When he approached the Bishop of the Oxford diocese for permission to marry Davidman, this was refused. Lewis then approached Peter Bide, an ex-pupil of his who was an Anglican priest, to lay hands on Davidman and pray for her healing and also to hold the
C. Pierce Salguero, Robban Toleno, William J. Giddings, Joshua Capitanio and Marcus Bingenheimer
, this body of foreign knowledge about disease, healing, and the maintenance of health enjoyed a fair amount of popularity and social capital among Chinese elites from the sixth to the ninth century. A number of Chinese physicians (including most notably Sun Simiao 孫思邈, 581–682 ce ) engaged with
All cultures are characterized by medical pluralism, that is, by a situation where multiple forms of healing exist side by side. The health system of South Asia is especially pluralistic, with a wide variety of healers and healing traditions. This is partly due to the sheer number of different
Healing deals therapeutically with sicknesses or injuries, whether of body or soul, in a living organism (Health and Illness). It does so in at least four ways:
Towards an Understanding of Ancient Babylonian Medicine
Ernst M. Conradie
HEALING IN SOTERIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE E rnst M. C onradie A bstract This article o ﬀ ers some theological reflections on healing from a soterio- logical perspective. This is based on a conceptual map for soterio- logical discourse, which adapts Christological debates on theories of atonement