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Understanding traditional African healing
A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. Traditions can persist and evolve for thousands of years—the word tradition itself derives from the Latin tradere literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping. While it is commonly assumed that traditions have ancient history, many traditions have been invented on purpose, whether that be political or cultural, over short periods of time. Various academic disciplines also use the word in a variety of ways. The phrase "according to tradition", or "by tradition", usually means that whatever information follows is known only by oral tradition, but is not supported and perhaps may be refuted by physical documentation, by a physical artifact, or other quality evidence. Tradition is used to indicate the quality of a piece of information being discussed. For example, "According to tradition, Homer was born on Chios, but many other locales have historically claimed him as theirs. In another example, " King Arthur , by tradition a true British king, has inspired many well loved stories. Traditions are a subject of study in several academic fields, especially in social sciences such as anthropology, archaeology , and biology.
The Special and Abbreviated k methods were developed under " The New k Paradigm " to help streamline the k review process. The Special k and Abbreviated k methods can only be used if certain criteria are met. The Traditional k method can be used under any circumstances. There is no Premarket Notification k "form" to complete.
Here in the United States, traditional Christmas meals usually consist of a turkey or a roast, a glass of eggnog, and plenty of festive cookies. But this is one holiday that is celebrated across the globe, and a typical Christmas dinner looks very different in other countries.
Some people seem to believe that traditional healers worship the ancestors and not God. It is therefore the aim of this paper to clarify this relationship by discussing a chain of communication between the worshipers and the Almighty God. Other aspects of traditional healing namely types of traditional healers, training of traditional healers as well as the role of traditional healers in their communities are discussed. In conclusion, the services of traditional healers go far beyond the uses of herbs for physical illnesses. Traditional healers serve many roles which include but not limited to custodians of the traditional African religion and customs, educators about culture, counselors, social workers and psychologists.