Claiming power through hardship: Initiation narratives of Palestinian traditional women healers in Israel

Ariela Popper-Giveon, Jonathan Ventura

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Abstract

This article offers a new perspective regarding the initiation of traditional healers through an analysis of the initiation narratives of ten Muslim Palestinian traditional women healers in Israel. The analysis points to three shared themes within these narratives: they begin with a description of the initiation's source (inheritance or revelation); they focus primarily on a later stage of the woman healer's life; and they include an in-depth description of the suffering and hardships that she has endured. These findings describe the initiation of Palestinian traditional women healers in Israel as a process rather than an event; as a derivative of the woman healer's life rather than its driving force.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1807-1816
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume67
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was made possible through the support of the Department of Social Work, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Joe Alon Center and Yad Itzchak Ben Zvi.

Keywords

  • Initiation
  • Israel
  • Israeli Palestinians
  • Traditional healing
  • Women healers

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