Causality in African Traditional Thought Essay

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1. Introduction
Individual and collective perspectives on life’s events, and how these impact on the interpretation and the consequent reasoning as to cause and meaning for the individual or group, is significantly influenced by the such individual or a group’s culture.
In this essay the role of culture will be expounded and the resulting influence on perceptions in the African context, briefly discussed.
2. The role of Culture
Interpretations and explanations for events and the possible causes behind such events, are unique to different cultures and is determined by the influences imparted upon the individual and society as a whole due to this cultural legacy. These influences give rise to frames which form the reference point
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The traditional belief system therefore appeals to that which is invisible and spiritual to explain events that confront them (Tutorial for PLS3703, 2014:23).
3. The traditional African view on cause
The traditional African perspective on cause may appear to hold a definite distinction between the natural and supernatural when it comes to the evaluation of phenomena and in order to clarify such a perception, their traditional view on illness is employed. Although the traditional African perspective on disease accepts the influence of secondary causes on disease as well as recognising the role of modern medicine in the treatment of such, they hold the belief that some disease are metaphysical in nature and are caused due to primary causes that involve the spiritual realm where witches, deities and spirits play a pivotal role in order to explain cause and effect.
This view which employs both the supernatural, as well as acknowledging natural causation, thus contributes to the healing process in that it appeals to both the physiological and psychological in order to bring about normalisation (Tutorial for PLS3703, 2014:27).
The connection between the brain and the rest of the body and the subsequent psychological influence this interaction exerts on disease has always played a pivotal role in disease and misfortune in the

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