Just a Spoon Full of Sugar?


  • Jennifer Marie La Grassa


In the late South African evening, should you happen upon the !Kung Bushmen tribe you may find them communally singing and dancing in elaborative costumes around a fire. Loud clapping and chants will resonate throughout the desert landscape in a seemingly playful manner. As the night wears on, these actions intensify to activate a powerful spiritual energy. Designated healers may begin to shake with sweat, as the energy travels along their extremities, up their spine, and lays itself at the base of their head. When the energy peaks, healers enter an alternate state of consciousness and physically struggle with the sick to relieve them of their illness; should they succeed, the sick member will have been healed. The Western healing process isn’t as elaborate, but maybe it should be.






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