Category: W3 Reflection

Clown Doctors in NYC

The article I read talked about the comparison that is commonly made about shamans and clown doctors. Clown doctors are an evolution of the non-Western practice the Shamans originally came up with. It presented connections between the two forms of…

The Horse Boy

With the various activities of the week, I felt that the most influential was the movie about Rowan, the boy with autism. The beginning of the film introduced a couple who had met in India and eventually fell in love…

Shamans in Merced, California

The article begins by describing how specific cultural beliefs are now being incorporated into medical institutions across the nation to further help people of different cultures be treated more effectively. An example of this includes shamans going through a seven…

Clown Doctors of New York City

In the article, Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine written by Linda Miller Van Blerkom explains the origin, techniques and benefits of Clown Doctors in New York City hospitals. The article illustrates the difference between non-Western medicine focuses verses…

Shamans in Mongolia

The resource I chose was the movie “The Horse Boy”, which depicts a family’s journey through rural Mongolia to interact with local shamans in hopes that it may help their autistic child. The parents observed the child had an affinity…

“Sick Around the World”

The documentary “Sick around the World” follows correspondent T.R. Reid as he travels around the world looking at the health systems of five different countries, England, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland. The healers in this documentary could be considered the…

Shamans in Western Medicine

In the New York Times article “A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul,” the author describes how patients of the Hmong culture, which originates in norther Laos, are receiving treatment medically, as well as spiritually. At Mercy Medical…

Shaman in Mongolia

The Horse Boy is about the journey of a family with an autistic child. They go to Mongolia to seek healing for the child from the shamans there. The boy seems to have a connection with horses which is why…