Catholicism, healing mass, religion, sacrament of anointing the sick, medical anthropology, cultural anthropology, physician patient relationships, structural competency, cultural competency, phenomenology, embodiment, health, healing, ritual
The conception of illness and healing in contemporary Mexican Catholic discourse highlights both particular and ubiquitous instances of a health experience perceived locally and widespread. Catholic healing masses are utilized as supplemental methods of individual health restoration coupled with Western medicinal techniques in Catholic dramas. Aside from the spiritual and religious significance of this practice, the use of healing masses as an additional means to achieving an optimal health status implies that something is lacking in current biomedical models. The purpose of my research is to explore the humanistic terms under which healing masses operate and translate these terms into a biomedical conversation towards enhanced secular medical care.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
Draper, Suzanne, "Catholic Healing Masses: Intersections of Health and Healing in Yucatan" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4583.