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IMHOTEP JOURNAL

African Healing Traditions

Volume 7, May 2010

By The Students

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San Francisco State University

Africana Studies Department

Student Publications

Imhotep Magazine

Volume 1, February 2000



On Methodology

Volume 2, February 2001



On African Philosophy

Volume 3, February 2002



On African Education Ancient and Modern

Volume 4, February 2003



Ideology of Race and Slavery from Antiquity to Modern Times

Volume 5, May 2005



Essays on Ancient Egyptian Thought

Volume 6, May 2008



African Rites of Passage

Volume 7, May 2010



African Healing Traditions

For additional information contact:

San Francisco State University

College of Ethnic Studies

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, California 94132

Tel: (415) 338-1054

Fax: (415) 405-0553


Editor in Chief

Tyra M. Singleton



Production\ Design

Kenric Bailey



 

Contributors

AFRS 111 Black Cultures and Personalities: 

2008/9 Academic Year

Faculty Advisor

Serie McDougal, III, PhD



Dedicated to Wade Nobles, PhD, Theophile Obenga, PhD,

and Oba T’Shaka, PhD

We thank each of them for the contributions that they have made and no doubt 

will  continue  to  make  to  the  discipline  of  Africana  Studies  and  toward  the 

liberation of people of African descent in this life and the next.



We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to 

Madame Chair Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta for her leadership and guidance, 

as well as the IRA for their support of this publication.

Copyright © 2010 San Francisco State University

All rights reserved. No part of this material may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or 

by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photography, recording or any information 

storage and retrieval systems, without the prior express written permission of  San  Francisco 

State University, College of Ethnic Studies, Department of Africana Studies.


Table of Contents

AFRICAN CONCEPTUALIZATION OF WELLNESS ...........…7

Ama Mamaza



EDITORIAL …...……………………....……………………….....…8

Tyra M. Singleton



INTRODUCTION ...………………………….................................10

Serie McDougal, III



THE FUNCTION OF TRADITIONAL HEALING ...………......13

Wade W. Nobles



HEALING TRADITIONS

The Students

Zulu Traditional Healing ...………………….……….........17

By Curissa Watts

The Shona People and Their Health Practices ...……......24

By Caitlin Johnson

Traditional Healing in the BaKongo Culture ...…….…....29

By Erika Rivas

Yoruba Traditional Healing ..…………………….…….....34

By MacKenna Lynn

 

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Traditional Healing of the Dogon People …..………........41

By Indeah Farquhar-Watson

Traditional Healing of the Akan People ..……………......47 

By Joshua Jalil

Traditional Healing Among the Masaai ..……………......53 

By Tyra M. Singleton

Winti Traditional Healing ..…………………………….....60

By Kelsey Saunders

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Imhotep Journal, Volume 7, May 2010




This is a picture of Zulu traditional healers (Sangomas and Inyangas) and their trainees. Behind 

them are an Inyanga’s medicines; tree roots, barks, seeds, leaves, stems and other remedies that 

empowered and used to solve different kinds of illnesses.

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