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Overview

This account of the ancient healing dances practiced by the Kung people of southern Africa's Kalahari Desert includes vivid eyewitness descriptions of night-long healing dances and interviews with Kung Healers.
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Editorial Reviews

Commonweal
A brilliant sociological analysis of how the form and function of ritual healing are shaped by the Kung social structure.
Journal of Transpersonal Psychology
Anyone interested in the transpersonal dimensions of healing will quickly recognize the importance of this book. Richard Katz has produced a compelling narrative of his three-month stay among a nomadic tribe of the Kalahari desert.
Harvey Cox
At a time when many voices rightly urge us to move toward a more holistic approach to medicine, healing and society itself, it is fascinating and valuable to read this thoughtful, eyewitness account of a culture which has always been holistic. This is a book not just for anthropologists or psychologists, but for a much wider readership. It is vivid and colorful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674077362
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1984
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,063,798
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

After teaching at Harvard Richard Katz is presently a Professor at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, an Indian-controlled college in Saskatchewan, Canada.
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Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Richard B. Lee
  • Acknowledgments
  • Kung Who Speak in This Book
  • 1. Starting Points
  • 2. Kung Hunter-Gatherers
  • 3. The Kung Approach to Healing
  • 4. At a Healing Dance
  • 5. Kinachau, a Traditional Healer
  • 6. “The Death That Kills Us All”
  • 7. Education for Healing
  • 8. Career of the Healer
  • 9. Female Perspectives
  • 10. Toma Zho, a Healer in Transition
  • 11. The Tradition of Sharing
  • 12. Kau Dwa, a Strong Healer
  • 13. Wa Na, a Healer among Healers
  • 14. Psychological and Spiritual Growth
  • 15. The Challenge of Change
  • 16. A Final Meeting with Kinachau
  • 17. “Tell Our Story to Your People”
  • Orthography
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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