The Connection Between God And Power And The Swahili Concept Of Medicine

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What I believe ties all these readings together is the connection between god and power and the Swahili concept of medicine or "Dawa," and the "wound" that the Swahili, Zulu, and Ugandan peoples ' sought to treat with godly medicine. This was especially apparent in the Curing their Ills chapter "The Great Dispensary in the Sky: Missionary Medicine." In all the readings, it is evident that medicine is associated with power, and healing is innately spiritual. It is most evident in the susceptibility of Tanganyika and the South African coast to the two-pronged acculturation of missionary medicine. I believe the readings make an argument that directly moves the discussion of medicine from the physical realm to the metaphysical realm while leaving the complex implications of these relations to our own judgments.
This unique relationship found in many African cultures is what Europeans exploited entering South Africa and Tanganyika according to Megan Vaughan, as the renown of European medical advances traveled deep into the continent, Africans came in large number to seek this medicine that cured many endemic and "chronic" diseases that plagued villages to the point that they became social disorders. Chloroform, Cocaine, and Surgery did not only cure but, according to the cultural associations between disease and spirituality in "Knowledge,Power, and Practice," dispelled the punishment of ancestors, spirits, gods, and goddesses with ease. Western medicine did not represent…

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