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Record Type: Review   ID: 963

Boiling Energy: Community Healing Among the Kalahari Kung

Katz, Richard

 Katz reports on his field investigation of the ritual healing dance of the !Kung. The rituals are described in detail, and he shows how they are perceived at the experiential level through interviews with participants. He traces the role of healing in the healers' lives and in the community as a whole, and he presents a sociological analysis of how the form and function of healing are shaped by the character of the !Kung social order. The book grew out of a request from the !Kung to "tell our story of healing to your people" (p. xiii). The talks of four !Kung healers are the heart of the book. Of special interest are four chapters: "At a Healing Dance," "Education for Healing," "Career of the Healer," and "Psychological and Spiritual Growth." Biographies are given of some important !Kung healers.
Publisher Information:Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1982. 329p. Bibliography: 317-323; Glossary: 314-316; 1 figure; 19 illustrations; Index: 324-329; 1 map
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