Different Societies Views Illnesses And Diseases Essay

767 Words Nov 28th, 2015 4 Pages
We have to look at someone else’s culture through their culture lens. That deals with all aspects of life no matter a person’s occupation. On November 19, 2015, I went to a lecture by Dr. Angela Bratton called, “Witchdoctors, Relationship, and the Body.” At the lecture, she had discussed topics like culture, witchdoctors, relational issues, diseases, and among other things.
Dr. Bratton talked about Cultural Anthropology. Anthropology is the study of humans. Cultural is shared knowledge passed on within a society to interpret and generate knowledge. It can also be learned or even innate in us. Culture is transmitted via symbols and language. It can change over time. Culture also difference based on our experience. I learned about how different societies view illnesses and diseases. They depend on the norms of a society; which we have to look at it in the way society views that illness and disease. An example of this was when Dr. Bratton talked about different case studies, especially the ones from Africa. Malaria signs and symptoms in the United States are as follows: body chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, and head and body ache. As for the people in Africa, malaria means something different. In Africa, it is looked as an act of “witchcraft” or “bad magic.”
Witchcraft is dealing with a witch. Witchcraft is often unconscious. A kin may be the problem or threat, and it is also bad. Witchcraft is related to relational issues in the community. In the case study in South…

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