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Lecture 4

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Health, Aging and Society
Geraldine Voros

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012▯ ▯ World, Women by Ward ▯ A World Full of Women (M. Ward) ▯ • Possession cults are a means for women to seek health • Represents the subjective life of the individual/inner self • biological realities of communication, speaks to the psychological, social, • Reflects anxiety, conflict, illness and recovery • Self advocacy for wellness, self assertion, realignment • Theoretically a vehicle for 1) powerless women, 2) cults of affliction ( women who feel their aspirations and intelligence are not being met or utilized, 3) a connection to the motherline and others for support as the dramatization of conflicts are presented given the possessions • A therapy, an expressive and aesthetic form, ritual dramatization of conflicts • Becoming possessed = becoming a Shaman, is empowering, it neutralizes the negative situations that provoke the breakdown • Zar therapy works by convincing the woman to recognize her dissociated feelings as separate from herself in the first place – Zar therapy lets the woman blame others for the problems, never herself – Doesn’t take ownership for her problems • Western psychotherapy – patient to accept and inte
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