Ethnographic data on Malian Kel Tamasheq use of hot-cold classification in illness management within the household show that, although hot and cold vocabulary is known by most people, the concepts of opposition and balance are only one of several approaches to treating illness and are rarely used in practice.
This differs from the importance ascribed to hot and cold by Tamasheq traditional healer specialists as cited in the literature.
The logic of the classification is based on symptoms rather than foods, and is associated with the presence or absence of blood or water.
Many people are able to reproduce this symptomatic logic without being able to articulate its details.
Mots-clés Pascal : Chaleur, Maladie, Diagnostic, Froid, Homme, Médecine traditionnelle, Guérisseur, Classification, Ethnie, Touareg, Mali, Afrique, Milieu culturel
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Heat, Disease, Diagnosis, Cold, Human, Folk medicine, Healer, Classification, Ethnic group, Mali, Africa, Cultural environment
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Cote : 93-0303858
Code Inist : 002B30A. Création : 199406.