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Title: The Indigenous Ewe Shrine as a Spiritual Storehouse for Healing in Ghana
Authors: Nukpe, L.Y.F.L.
Keywords: Shrine
Ritual
Medicine men
Efficacy Believed
Issue Date: Apr-2007
Publisher: Journal of Science and Technology
Citation: Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 27 No. 1, 2007 pp 131-141
Abstract: Many people in Ghana have very negative perception of indigenous Shrines. They have the idea that any spiritual activity associated with indigenous shrines is satanic or devilish and therefore must be condemned. Even some enlightened people have such frame of mind that is built on their religious faith, even though the spiritual power of the indigenous shrine could be used for healing the sick, among a lot other useful contributions. The various types of indigenous shrines of the Ewes, attempts made at showing the acquisition processes, sources of shrine power and the healing potentials in the spiritual shrines will be discussed. The shrine, being a representational art work will remain an integral part of the people’s culture. There are many shrines that have been inherited from ancestors in the locality. Not less than three patients are diagnosed and healed within a year, of illnesses ranging from mental derangement to spiritual charms by medicine men that are associated with the “YVeto” deity and other individual shrines of the Goviefe traditional locality. More support therefore should be given to the Traditional medicine centres that have been established at some government hospitals, to supplement the contributions of western medicine. In this regard, cases that are beyond solution through the orthodox medical system could be referred to the spiritual shrine medicine men for effective treatment and eventual cure. As a result citizens will benefit greatly from the expanded medical system in Ghana.
Description: Article published in the Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 27 No. 1, 2007 pp 131-141
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5235
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