Spiritual diagnostic criteria in an African setting: The case of baruti in Limpopo province, South Africa

Theologia Viatorum

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Title Spiritual diagnostic criteria in an African setting: The case of baruti in Limpopo province, South Africa
Creator Masola, Nare J. Sigida, Salome T. Khorommbi, Elizabeth M.
Subject — pastor; South Africa; discernment; health promotion; diagnosis
Description In many provinces of South Africa, especially in the indigenous societies, baruti (pastors) are consulted for different purposes, paramount among them being the execution of good health. The research was carried out to explore the diagnostic measures used to diagnose chronic diseases by pastors in Limpopo, South Africa. Ten pastors who specialised in chronic diseases were interviewed through individual semi-structured interviews in the Ga-Dikgale rural community, and the data were analysed using a thematic content analysis. The findings of the study indicate that diagnosis of chronic diseases by the participants relied primarily on power confession, and discernment of spirits. The researcher concludes by recommending policymakers and Western-trained health care practitioners to acknowledge the pastors as experts in their own right, as an additional resource in health promotion in the rural communities.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2019-12-13
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/tv.v43i1.24
Source Theologia Viatorum; Vol 43, No 1 (2019); 5 pages 2664-2980 0378-4142
Language eng
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