Fuzzy boundaries of folk healing: interpretations of a Muslim ethnic group in Bangladesh

Anupom Roy

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Abstract

This paper explores the fluidities in health and illness beliefs in the folk medical system of a small community in Bangladesh, that of the Pangal•. The Pangal are a minority ethnic group which coexist with mainstream Bengalis but receive little in the way of government resources and infrastructure. They are socioeconomically marginal, yet increasingly drawn into a market economy where they are disadvantaged compared to more mainstream Bengalis. By examining qualitative data and narrative accounts collected during ethnographic research in the community and situating these within a broader socioeconomic context, this paper examines how medical beliefs and cosmologies and ethnomedical practices are both shaped by political economy (Singer 1996; Singer and Baer 1995) or what Leatherman (1996) and Baer (1996) refer to as political ecology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalSouth Asia journal of culture
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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