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culture-bound syndromes

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Patterns of aberrant behaviour that do not fit easily into standard classifications of mental disorders and are entirely or mainly restricted to particular cultural groups, usually...

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Curing and Healing

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

From the beginning of the written record and probably even before then, Mesoamericans have been accustomed to choosing from among many means of preventing, diagnosing, and healing diseases....

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espanto

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Another name for susto. [Spanish espanto fright or terror, from espantar to scare or frighten]

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perdida del alma

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Another name for susto. [From Spanish perdida loss + del of + alma soul]

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shamanism

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

A term, originating from Siberia, used to describe diverse religious activities in a large number of technologically simple societies. The shaman is a part-time, non-institutionalized,...

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tripa ida

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Another name for susto. [From Spanish tripa intestine (believed in the past to be the seat of the soul) + ida departure]

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