Synopses & Reviews
At a time when many voices rightly urge us to move toward a more holistic approach to medicine, healing and society itself, it is fascinating and valuable to read this thoughtful, eyewitness account of a culture which has always been holistic. This is a book not just for anthropologists or psychologists, but for a much wider readership. It is vivid and colorful. Harvey Cox, Harvard Divinity School
A brilliant sociological analysis of how the form and function of ritual healing are shaped by the Kung social structure. Commonweal
Anyone interested in the transpersonal dimensions of healing will quickly recognize the importance of this book. Richard Katz has produced a compelling narrative of his three-month stay among a nomadic tribe of the Kalahari desert. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology
This account of the ancient healing dances practiced by the Kung people of southern Africa's Kalahari Desert includes vivid eyewitness descriptions of night-long healing dances and interviews with Kung healers.
About the Author
After teaching at Harvard Richard Katz is presently a Professor at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, an Indian-controlled college in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Richard B. Lee
Kung Who Speak in this Book
1. Starting Points
2. Kung Hunter-Gatherers
3. The Kung Approach to Healing
4. At a Healing Dance
5. Kinachau, a Traditional Healer
6. "The Death That Kills Us All"
7. Education for Healing
8. Career of the Healer
9. Female Perspectives
10. Toma Zho, a Healer in Transition
11. The Tradition of Sharing
12. Kau Dwa, a Strong Healer
13. Wa Na, a Healer among Healers
14. Psychological and Spiritual Growth
15. The Challenge of Change
16. A Final Meeting with Kinachau
17. "Tell Our Story to Your People"