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Quechua, Medical anthropology, Spirituality, Sociality, Ecuador
This thesis examines the relationships between humans and plants in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the role relationships and nature play in the affliction and healing of illnesses and diseases. Through animism, spirituality, and rituals, the Quechua and Canelos groups foster a deep connection with the land and each other which plays an important role in traditional medicine and healing; this important connection with each other and the land constitutes the main premise of this paper, the sociality of healing. Many other cultures such as the Kalahari Kang, Samoans suffering from cardiovascular problems, and Evangelical Christians take on a similar approach to illness transcending the biological body. There is much to learn from socialized rather than individualistic beliefs and healing practices when treating diseases and illnesses.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sorensen, Savannah, "Landscapes of Medical Culture From the Amazonia of Ecuador" (2021). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 195.