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Roy Moodley asks whether some of the spirit-based healing practices of the Black diaspora should be regarded as valid therapeutic interventions

 

 

 

Many in the Black diaspora who feel that their needs are not being met by Western medicine and psychology are returning to the traditional practices of their ancestors which have been around since the dawn of time. Voodoo, Santeria, Shango and Orisha are sometimes challenging and alien for Westerners - particularly those involving animal sacrifice. And because of this, some of the rich traditions of other cultures have become marginalised and demonised. But there are African, Afro-Caribbean and Latino communities in the UK, who are voting with their feet.

 

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