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FOLK MEDICINE
 
Since time immemorial, the tribal people have their indigenous practices of healing diseases with the help of their own healers/medicine men, as the a etiology and cure of ailments are part and parcel of their socio cultural system.

TRIBAL MEDICINE:

The tribal medicine has its own a etiological aspects which may be classified into two broad areas, such as supernatural and physical. The supernatural causative agents of disease form a part of the belief system of the people and they accordingly take resort to magico-religious practices of healing. In tribal societies, the a etiology includes breach of taboo, supernatural vengeance of demi-gods, ghosts and evil spirits, ghost/spirit instrusion, evil eye, witchcraft and sorcery, etc. The causes for some diseases are also attributed to physical factors such as, hazards of weather, wrongful intake of food and beverages, etc. The disease causation and healing practices differ from one society to other because of human diversity and variation of sociocultural factors. It is not desirable to question the belief system of the people but to examine the rational, irrational, non-rational aspects of human behavior pertaining to health and ill health.

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