William Sax – Healing and Rituals

“The logic of modern health care does not admit rituals into it and it cannot do so.”

William Sax, Head of the Department of Anthropology at Heidelberg University, discusses his field work on healing rituals in the Himalayas and the difficulty of finding a place for traditional healing within the institutionalized health system and evidence-based medicine. Dr. Sax voices his concern that rituals shown to be effective such as possession may be marginalized, diluted and excluded in the push for Global Mental Health.

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