I am also interested in the relationship between traditional/cultural healing practices/medicine and posttraumatic resilience.
I should focus on the former but I will try to fit in questions about the latter in my research interviews with low-income ethnic minority urban youth and families.
To that end, I am reading, Shamanism: The Neural Ecology of Consciousness and Healing by Michael Winkelman, a retired scholar from the Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University.
Here are some notes . . .
- is an ancient tradition
- religious, spiritual, and healing practices and consciousness traditions
- a primordial natural form of healing and personal development with continued relevance
- a universal phenomenon
- involves alterations of consciousness
- has been denounced as fraud, trickery, delusion by modern rationality (science & atheism)
- has reemerged in modern societies
- involves techniques for the alteration of consciousness to support healing and personal development
Ritual activities are complex ethnomedical practices that provide important cultural healing resources.
Investigations of shamanistic practices reveal their ability to manipulate:
- physiological processes
- psychophysiological reactions
- personal experience
- social psychology and relations