DepartmentGlobal Asia Studies
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4 aspects that can come down onto a society
* They could be interconnected
Leprosy (Hansen’s disease)
Kala-azar, black fever, dumdum fever, leishmaniasis
Severe acute respiratory syndrome
Leprosy makes people ugly, contagious. Victims were quarantined.
Reality it is not that contagious, 95% of people are immune to it.
Leprosy was considered a punishment from god in old testaments.
It was tolerated and cured by Jesus Christ in the new testaments.
Describes in detail the conditions of leprosy. Leprosy is sin.
Reading 10.2 (1866)
Poem reflects ugliness in leprosy, but it shows love beyond it as a guy stays beside a woman
with leprosy. Critics hated the poem.
Reading 10.3 the susrutasamhita
In south Asian text, leprosy is considered a sin, contagious, but can be cured through
medicine and good behavioural practices.
In China, it was considered a punishment from heaven as well. They segregate patients,
giving medical treatments and spirits building. (You can call it esteem building or
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