The pneumatic theory of female Warao herbalists.

@article{Wilbert1987ThePT,
  title={The pneumatic theory of female Warao herbalists.},
  author={W Wilbert},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={1987},
  volume={25 10},
  pages={1139-46}
}
  • W Wilbert
  • Published 1987 in Social science & medicine
Among the Warao Indians of eastern Venezuela herbalism is a nonritualized occupation practiced by women. As a medical practice herbalism complements the ritual occupation of shamanism practiced by men. But whereas Warao herbalism is governed by a theory of supernatural causation of illness mystically brought about by contagion, Warao shamanism is a theory of supernatural causation of illness attributed to spirit aggression and object intrusion. According to herbalist theory, pathogenesis… CONTINUE READING

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