n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Indigenous Knowledge Systems and community development : foreword




Volume 8 of Indilinga : African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems has focussed on the theme : . Although this volume was initially meant to focus on indigenous health systems, it became difficult to focus solely on this particular theme because indigenous African healing practices favour a holistic interpretation. It covers a wide range of issues ranging from physical, social and spiritual aspects which together lead to individual and community wellness. This position is affirmed by the Committee on Indigenous Health (2002) which states that Indigenous People's concept of Health and survival is both a collective and individual inter-generational continuum encompassing a holistic perspective incorporating four distinct shared dimensions of life, which are the spiritual, the intellectual, the physical and the emotional dimensions. Linking these four fundamental dimensions, health and survival manifests itself on multiple levels where the past, present and future co-exist.


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