The Buddhist Grammar of Healing

Building Efficacy in the Pluralistic Therapeutic Context of Rakhine, Myanmar

Céline Coderey

need protection against makansowa [a generic term referring to spirits, witches, and sorcerers].” Far from being an exception, U Thun Kaing represents a healing figure which is very common among Buddhist communities both in Rakhine and in the rest of Myanmar, 4 who combines the two main indigenous

Maynor Clara Cheng

126 Maynor Clara Cheng INTEGRATING INNER-HEALING INTO MISSIONS EDUCATION* Introduction When missionaries undergo culture shock, they often experience feelings of uncertainty, apprehension, frustration, helplessness, a sense of inferiority, and anxiety. All these feelings threaten the self


Nicholas Quin Serenati

, video, and mixed-media sculptures. In exercising these modes of expression, I managed to engage my illness and contextualise the experience. Illness challenged the nature of my being and mobilised my thinking toward charting a life-long trajectory of personal healing. The concept of healing can be a

Wout van Laar

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Exchange 35,2 Also available online – 1 For the preparatory consultations in Ghana (2002) and Chile (2003), see ‘Divine Healing, Pentecostalism and Mission’. In: International Review of Mission 93/370 and 93/371 (2004); the website of the

Maggie Atkinson

that her art, a synthesis of Spiritualism, religious conviction, and artistic practice, culminated in intricately rendered drawings and paintings that encouraged spiritual enlightenment and healing in viewers. Houghton wrote in detail about the healing qualities that she believed her mediumistic

Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), Heeßel, Nils (Heidelberg) and Jansen-Winkeln, Karl (Berlin)

[German version] The healing of illness is, in principle, within the province of any deity or hero in possession of superhuman powers of assistance. But in the reality of cult practice, the healing function came to be concentrated in certain deities and heroes whose powers were particularly strong


Yomna Saber

***** ‘Are you sure sweetheart that you want to be well?’ 1 is the intriguing question with which Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters starts introducing the traumatized protagonist Velma Henry and her healer Minnie Ransom. The question instantaneously points to Velma’s disability and focuses on

Nico Koopman

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden R eligion & T heology 13/1 (2006) Unisa Press Also available online – 1 Stanley Hauerwas, Su ff ering Presence: Theological Re fl ections on Medicine, the Mentally CURING OR CARING? THEOLOGICAL COMMENTS ON HEALING N ico K oopman A bstract This article


Jacobus Kok

In New Perspectives on Healing, Restoration and Reconciliation in John, Jacobus (Kobus) Kok investigates the depth and applicability of Jesus’ healing narratives in John’s gospel. Against the background of an ancient group-oriented worldview, it goes beyond the impasse of most Western approaches to interpreting the Biblical healing narratives to date.

He argues that the concept of healing was understood in antiquity (as in some parts of Africa) in a much broader way than we tend to understand it today. He shows inter alia why the interaction between Jesus and the Samaritan woman could be interpreted as a healing narrative, illustrating the ancient interrelationship between healing, restoration and reconciliation.

Maya Warrier

-knowledge and self-empowerment as a path to ‘holistic healing’ (understood to address mental and spiritual, not just physical, well-being). Even though the Ayurvedic curriculum transmitted at the educational institutions in London is based largely on that taught at Ayurveda colleges in India, the completely diff