Sap and the Traditional Healer: A Tribal (Khasi) Understanding of the Human Potential

Albert, S; Porter, J; Green, J; (2015) Sap and the Traditional Healer: A Tribal (Khasi) Understanding of the Human Potential. Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning, 4 (1). pp. 52-61. ISSN 2319-2313

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This paper presents factors contributing to the “making of” nongai dawai, a Khasi healer. The Khasi community’s understanding of what is referred to as a key component of becoming a good healer, sap—loosely translated as talent or potential—is elaborated. Sap is a generic term, not restricted to a specific field but we explore here its importance to Khasi understandings of the recruitment and recognition of those best suited to be healers. The presence of such concepts within indigenous knowledge systems suggests that including the assessment of “aptitude” or “potential” remains important in career guidance even in the present times.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: gift, indigenous, khasi, potential, talent, traditional medicine, sap
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy


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