This paper considers certain ways of describing and treating sickness in rural Rajasthan, and the representations of sickness and of the body on which they are based.
Two indigenous medical or « ethnomedical » perspectives on illness and its treatment emerge from the analysis of ethnographic material collected during field research in northern India.
In the first part of the paper various characterizations of South Asian medicine are discussed, and I suggest that Western preconceptions about the nature and purpose of « medicine » itself has led one of these perspectives to be highlighted in anthropological considerations at the expense of the other.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine traditionnelle, Croyance, Milieu culturel, Maladie, Milieu rural, Inde, Asie, Homme, Ethnie, Article synthèse
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Folk medicine, Belief, Cultural environment, Disease, Rural environment, India, Asia, Human, Ethnic group, Review
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