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Exploring the Indigenous Healing Ritual for Barkes in a Neo-Durkheimian Lens Rudolf T. Vecaldo firstname.lastname@example.org Instructor, College of Teacher Education Cagayan State University Andrews Campus, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Background of the Study • Observance of folk healing rituals despite the flourishing of modern medicine and the provision of health services • No study conducted on the healing ritual for barkes • Development of a clear understanding of the ritual • Reflection of the strengths of indigenous Filipino character
Objectives • Draw the meaning of barkes • Explore the dynamics of the healing ritual • for barkes • Determine the role of the healing ritual • in enhancing intergroup interaction and solidarity • Identify the threats to the healing ritual for barkes
Theoretical Framework Neo- Durkheimian Perspective Physical co-presence Shared emotional attunement Social Interaction Interaction Ritual Chains (Collins, 2004)
Methods Interview Fieldwork Qualitative design Case Study Observation
Study Setting: Casigayan, Tabuk, Kalinga
Meaning of Barkes It is a skin disease that is irresponsive to medically acceptable remedies
Dynamics of the Healing Ritual Preparation of the healing instruments Diagnosis Measuring the barkes Post-ritual advice
Role of the Healing Ritual for Barkes in Enhancing Group Interaction and Solidarity Healing Ritual for Barkes
Threats to the Healing Ritual for Barkes • Skepticism • Only one mangngagas
Conclusion Healing Ritual for Barkes Mangngagas and Nabarkes Shared emotional attunement Intergroup Interaction and Solidarity Interaction Ritual Chains
Recommendations • Conduct of studies in wider perspective, especially covering the anthropological sketch of the healing ritual for barkes • Continuous effort in documenting indigenous practices especially the healing rituals
Impact/Outcomes of the Study • Greater awareness of the people as regards the essence of the healing ritual for barkes • Integration of the healing ritual for barkes in some discussions in the subject “Society and Culture” • Recognition of the cultural practices of the migrant settlers in Tabuk, Kalinga
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