Yuta (Shaman) and Community Mental Health on Okinawa

  title={Yuta (Shaman) and Community Mental Health on Okinawa},
  author={Koichi Naka and Seikichi Toguchi and Tomona Takaishi and Hiroshi Ishizu and Yasuo Sasaki},
  journal={International Journal of Social Psychiatry},
  pages={267 - 273}
This study reports on the relations between the yuta (shaman) and the community mental health activities on Okinawa, Japan. Focus is on the process of initiation of the yuta and its mean ings from the mental health viewpoints,the functions of the yuta in the particular cultural background of the island, and the importance of admitting the existence of the yuta in its relations to the psychiatric treatment in a mental hospital. The discussion is based on the authors' research findings which were… 
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