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Folk Wisdom and Traditional Healing Practices: Some Lessons for Modern Psychotherapies

Ajit K. Dalal

Introduction

Like in many other traditional cultures, freedom from pain and suffering has been a major preoccupation of Indian society since antiquity. Based on a shared understanding of human nature and the causes of suffering, every society has developed its own healing institutions and practices. The traditional systems so evolved have weathered the vagaries of time, and still thrive in present times on popular support. A wide range of healers and healing centres, which include temples, majars, shrines, local deities etc., are found in every nook and corner of the country. The burgeoning crowd which one sees around these places testifies ...

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