XX A. PIRMOSIOS PUSĖS AUKŠTADVARIO APYLINKĖS LIETUVIŲ IR KITATAUČIŲ ETNIŠKUMO SAMPRATA RENKANTIS GYDYMOSI PRAKTIKAS

Rita Balsevičiūtė

Abstract


In the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, an opposition between official medicine and folk medicine, partly based on ethnic aspects, formed in Lithuania. The article analyses the alternation in the ‘self-other’ opposition in the choice of treatment. Folk medicine traditions existed alongside standard medicine in the town of Aukštadvaris, which was characterised as multi-confessional in the first half of the 20th century (despite the tensions, Lithuanians, Poles, Jews and Tartars lived together harmoniously). Faith healers with extraordinary qualities or powers were classified as ‘other’. So the choice of treatment reveals two aspects: the concept of ethnicity, and mythical perception (when dealing with those engaged in other activities). Studies have shown that in a disaster or illness, the ‘self-other’ opposition declines. An opposition between official medicine and folk medicine did not form in the Aukštadvaris area.

Key words: ethnicity, ‘self-other’, folk medicine, official medicine, faith healer.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15181/rh.v26i0.2051


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