Object

Title: Different Systems of Knowledge Found in the Reproductive Health of Ashaninka Women from the Peruvian Amazon

Creator:

Kujawska, Monika

Date issued/created:

2019

Resource Type:

Article

Subtitle:

Ethnologia Polona 40 (2019)

Publisher:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

Place of publishing:

Warsaw

Description:

il. ; 24 cm

Abstract:

Indigenous Ashaninka people from the Peruvian Amazon operate within their communal reserve and autonomous native communities, where biomedical health posts and biomedical practitioners are present. This article analyses how the two systems of knowledge and practice i.e., indigenous medicine and biomedicine, coexist in the Ashaninka territory and how they are articulated in childbirth, birth control and other aspects of reproductive health. Their medicinal cosmology privileges the medicinal plant use and midwifery. At the same time, these practices are compatible with biomedical thinking. The childbirth techniques widely shared by the Ashaninka women and midwifes do not change substantially after biomedical training. Instead, Ashaninka women complementarily add new practices to their own pre-existing array of contraceptive and labour techniques, without shifting their ontological basis. The Ashaninka seem a resilient society, one which is capable of “absorbing” novel biomedical knowledge, practices and technology into their medical landscape, while remaining within their cultural boundaries and thus preserving their specific features.

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Relation:

Ethnologia Polona

Volume:

40

Start page:

213

End page:

246

Format:

application/octet-stream

Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:98638 ; 0137-4079 ; doi:10.23858/EthP40.2019.012

Source:

IAiE PAN, call no. P 366 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 367 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 368 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

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