Medizinethnologie Südasiens: Ritus, Pluralismus, Postkolonialismus
Curare 27.2004:129-137

##Medical anthropology of South Asia: Ritual healing, pluralism, postcolonialism
The ethnography of health, illness. and healing in South Asia started around the middle of the twentieth century. A specialized field of "medical anthropology of South Asia" began to take shape in the 1970s. Key themes of cross-cultural medical anthropology, especially medical pluralism and religious modes of healing, also dominate medical anthropology research on South Asia. A particular feature of the South Asian context is the strong presence of long-standing scholarly healing systems, especially the "Great Traditions" of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unami, Siddha, or Tibetan Medicine. The authority of text-based healing traditions has long overshadowed a genuinely ethnographic approach to South Asian medical practices. The aim of this article is to give an overview of medical anthropology research on South Asia based in Germany, especially of current research carried out by members of the AG Medical Anthropology.##

Keywords: medical anthropology, Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine, postcolonialism, medical pluralism, ritual healing