Indigenous Medicine and Knowledge in African Society by Kwasi B. Konadu

By Kwasi B. Konadu

At the flip of the 20 th century, African societies witnessed the suppression of indigenous therapeutic experts as missionary proselytization and colonial rule elevated. Governments, scientific practitioners and teachers targeted little consciousness or assets at the construction of "traditional" drugs, regardless of its strength use for advancing well-being care supply to hundreds of thousands of individuals in rural groups and offering the root for a medicinal undefined.

Focusing at the case of Ghana, Indigenous medication and data in African Society investigates the ways that healers and indigenous files of cultural wisdom conceptualize and interpret drugs and therapeutic. with a purpose to unearth those triumphing ideas, Konadu makes use of in-depth interviews, plant samples, fabric tradition, linguistics, and different resources.

This groundbreaking research of indigenous wisdom has very important implications for the research of clinical and information platforms in Africa and the African Diaspora around the globe. via heavily analyzing various multidisciplinary resources and using fieldwork within the Takyiman district of valuable Ghana, the ebook contributes a brand new measurement to the learn of healthiness and therapeutic platforms within the African context and gives students, scholars, and common readers a necessary reference.

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Here, “system,” as linked to “medicinal” or “knowledge,” parallels the idea of “organization,” but, more specifically, refers to interacting, complementary, interdependent, or functionally related constituents forming and reflective of a complex or unified whole engendered by the larger cultural order within which the “system” is anchored. Though there exist various categories of indigenous healers in the Akan region—such as “bone-setters,” midwives, and healers from a number of non-Akan cultural groups—the primary institutional specialists that constitute the core of the indigenous Akan therapeutic system are the akɔmfoɔ (sg.

Contrast with agricultural and industrial economies. An economy in which knowledge plays a predominant part in the creation of wealth. An economy in which value is added to products primarily by increasing embedded knowledge content and in which the content value evolves to exceed the material value. The uncontrolled access to and exploitation of indigenous knowledge, in the areas of biomedical technology and pharmaceutical innovations, for example, has immensely bolstered Western capitalism and its notion of free trade and has provided little to no real benefits to existing sites of knowledge mining and extraction.

Bosomfoɔ), and nnunsinfoɔ (sg. odunsinni). The domains of Akan cultural knowledge explored in the study are proverbial, geometric and figurative gold weights, adinkra symbols, and oral narrative archives. The proverbs, gold weights, adinkra symbols, and oral narrative archives all have a “language,” which functions as a repository and transmitter of culture and the experiences of past generations, and serves as a nexus between the life of the “language” and the life of its speakers. These archives also facilitate the reception, retention, and retrieval of cultural knowledge.

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