Healing Power

Living Traditions, Global Interactions

Edited by Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling | Forthcoming

Healing Power

Living Traditions, Global Interactions

Edited by Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling | Forthcoming

ISBN: 9789088909184

Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 165x230mm | ca. 170 pp. | Language: English | 90 illus. (fc) | Keywords: anthropology; spirituality; healing; shamanism; vodou; winti; witchcraft; (contemporary) art; power objects; material culture | download cover

Publication date: 12-02-2021

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    ISBN: 9789088909184

    Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 165x230mm | ca. 170 pp. | Language: English | 90 illus. (fc) | Keywords: anthropology; spirituality; healing; shamanism; vodou; winti; witchcraft; (contemporary) art; power objects; material culture | download cover

    Publication date: 12-02-2021

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Hidden healing practices exert fascination as well as stimulate extensive scientific and public interest. It is a contested topic for many indigenous peoples. Throughout the ages, numerous spiritual healing forms have been marginalized or severely persecuted. Nowadays, however, there is a growing interest in these traditions all over the world. Some are recovered and sometimes also mixed resulting in the blending of different indigenous and Western approaches.

After the loss of the original spiritual contexts during the colonization period, Indigenous peoples around the world revive parts of their cultural heritage. They also find inspiration in foreign cultural traditions. Next generations develop new ways to connect to the ancestors and search for new healing practices. This publication explores a limited selection of the manifold collective and individual healing practices, such as shamanism, winti, vodou and European witchcraft. Practitioners and/or academics share their insights and perspectives. Power objects and healing related art from the collection of the National Museum of World Cultures in the Netherlands reveal hidden meanings of sacred traditions. Contemporary artists are inspired by spiritual healing and renew its meaning in the present.

0. Introduction – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling

1. Invisible forces and spirits – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
1.1 Getting a second pair of eyes. The precarious balance of healing and killing in Cameroun – Peter Geschiere
1.2 Intimate relations between hunters and spirits in Northwestern Greenland – Terto Ngiviu
1.3 Winti healing in Suriname & the Netherlands – Marjan Markelo
1.4 Magical Consciousness and healing spirits – Susan Greenwood

2. Healing stories and images – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
2.1 A Dutch Way to Witchcraft – Coby Rijkers
2.2 Visions and stories at work – Barbara Miller & Sigvald Persen
2.3 Drawings in Balinese healing and magic – David Stuart Fox
2.4 Enchanted world: Invisible forces and spirits – Daan van Kampenhout

3. Museum magic – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
3.1 Powerful things, transformations and museum magic, cases from the Arctic – Cunera Buijs
3.2 Roots and the art of healing: Anatoly Donkan – Ulrike Bohnet
3.3 Kabra healing. Ancestors and colonial memory in the Netherlands – Markus Balkenhol
3.4 Sacred goes secular? Tourist art among the Piaroa of Venezuela – Claudia Augustat

4. Balance and harmony – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
4.1 Aakujk’äjt-Jotkujk’äjtën. Balance and Harmony in Ayuuk Culture – Juan Carlos Reyes Gómez
4.2 Mentawai shamans in Indonesia: Restoring threatened harmony – Reimar Schefold
4.3 Life itself is a polyrhythm. On healing – Maria van Daalen

5. Global interactions – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
5.1 Transforming traditions – Ayahuasca in the Netherlands and Peru – Sebastiaan van ‘t Holt
5.2 Healing music, Psychedelic trance and the search for harmony – Iris Hesse
5.3 Art and the Other World: Visualizing the invisible – Wouter Welling

Dr. Cunera Buijs

Dr. Cunera Buijs (1958) is anthropologist and curator Arctic of the National Museum of World Cultures, Leiden. Her research interest lies in issues of dress and identity, and questions of ownership, authority and access. In 2004, she finished her PhD-thesis on clothing, its significance and role in Inuit society (Leiden University). Her publications have also focused on climate change and the trade boycott of sealskin.

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Drs. Wouter Welling

Wouter Welling (1964) is curator contemporary art at the National Museum of World Cultures. Since the 80s he has been working as an art critic and curator, mainly in the field of globalization and interculturality in the art world.

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Abstract:

Hidden healing practices exert fascination as well as stimulate extensive scientific and public interest. It is a contested topic for many indigenous peoples. Throughout the ages, numerous spiritual healing forms have been marginalized or severely persecuted. Nowadays, however, there is a growing interest in these traditions all over the world. Some are recovered and sometimes also mixed resulting in the blending of different indigenous and Western approaches.

After the loss of the original spiritual contexts during the colonization period, Indigenous peoples around the world revive parts of their cultural heritage. They also find inspiration in foreign cultural traditions. Next generations develop new ways to connect to the ancestors and search for new healing practices. This publication explores a limited selection of the manifold collective and individual healing practices, such as shamanism, winti, vodou and European witchcraft. Practitioners and/or academics share their insights and perspectives. Power objects and healing related art from the collection of the National Museum of World Cultures in the Netherlands reveal hidden meanings of sacred traditions. Contemporary artists are inspired by spiritual healing and renew its meaning in the present.

Contents

0. Introduction – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling

1. Invisible forces and spirits – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
1.1 Getting a second pair of eyes. The precarious balance of healing and killing in Cameroun – Peter Geschiere
1.2 Intimate relations between hunters and spirits in Northwestern Greenland – Terto Ngiviu
1.3 Winti healing in Suriname & the Netherlands – Marjan Markelo
1.4 Magical Consciousness and healing spirits – Susan Greenwood

2. Healing stories and images – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
2.1 A Dutch Way to Witchcraft – Coby Rijkers
2.2 Visions and stories at work – Barbara Miller & Sigvald Persen
2.3 Drawings in Balinese healing and magic – David Stuart Fox
2.4 Enchanted world: Invisible forces and spirits – Daan van Kampenhout

3. Museum magic – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
3.1 Powerful things, transformations and museum magic, cases from the Arctic – Cunera Buijs
3.2 Roots and the art of healing: Anatoly Donkan – Ulrike Bohnet
3.3 Kabra healing. Ancestors and colonial memory in the Netherlands – Markus Balkenhol
3.4 Sacred goes secular? Tourist art among the Piaroa of Venezuela – Claudia Augustat

4. Balance and harmony – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
4.1 Aakujk’äjt-Jotkujk’äjtën. Balance and Harmony in Ayuuk Culture – Juan Carlos Reyes Gómez
4.2 Mentawai shamans in Indonesia: Restoring threatened harmony – Reimar Schefold
4.3 Life itself is a polyrhythm. On healing – Maria van Daalen

5. Global interactions – Cunera Buijs & Wouter Welling
5.1 Transforming traditions – Ayahuasca in the Netherlands and Peru – Sebastiaan van ‘t Holt
5.2 Healing music, Psychedelic trance and the search for harmony – Iris Hesse
5.3 Art and the Other World: Visualizing the invisible – Wouter Welling

Dr. Cunera Buijs

Dr. Cunera Buijs (1958) is anthropologist and curator Arctic of the National Museum of World Cultures, Leiden. Her research interest lies in issues of dress and identity, and questions of ownership, authority and access. In 2004, she finished her PhD-thesis on clothing, its significance and role in Inuit society (Leiden University). Her publications have also focused on climate change and the trade boycott of sealskin.

read more

Drs. Wouter Welling

Wouter Welling (1964) is curator contemporary art at the National Museum of World Cultures. Since the 80s he has been working as an art critic and curator, mainly in the field of globalization and interculturality in the art world.

read more










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