Abdullah, Ramle and Ahmed, Amran and Lua, Pei Lin and Ahmad, Aryati and Ibrahim, Asmawi and Ramle, Nur Hafizah and Mat Rasat, Mohd Shukairi (2014) ILLNESS PERCEPTION AND HEALING PRACTICES AMONG THE BATEK TRIBE IN KUALA KOH, KELANTAN, MALAYSIA. Advances in Environmental Biology, 8 (7). pp. 2432-2439. ISSN 1995-0756

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The Orang Asli is one of the indigenous ethnic groups in Malaysia, with its majority residing within outskirt and rural areas. Such a settlement distribution pattern largely influences their culture including the aspects of medicinal practices. Although they are exposed to modernisation elements by the Malaysian government, part of the culture and traditional lifestyles especially in the aspects of illnesses healing are still largely practiced. Studies were carried out towards the Batek tribe in Kuala Koh, Kelantan to examine two (2) questions; (i) what are their perceptions towards the causes of illnesses? And (ii) what are the approaches taken in treating illnesses? During the research, participation observation and interview techniques were applied in the data gathering process. Documents produced by previous researchers were also analyzed as a basis for focus discussions related to the issues at hand. The results showed that the Batek tribe believes that sickness suffered by individuals stems from two (2) factors. First, factors related to spiritual elements such as harassment by the supernatural powers and faint-heartedness. Second, physical factors related to changes in natural phenomenon and human negligence in exploiting natural resources. Based on these beliefs the Batek tribe possesses two approaches in treating illnesses. First, through means of faith-healing, for sickness believed to originate from spiritual factors. Second, the application of herbs obtained from forests surrounding their settlements.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Orang Asli, Batek tribe, beliefs, traditional medicine, healing practices
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Institute: Faculty Of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Aryati Ahmad
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 10:34
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2015 03:01

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