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Buy and Download Description How do contemporary Maya Indians from Chiapas satisfy their medical needs in new, multicultural, heterogeneous, highly stratified and conflicting communities? How do they negotiate between national, and 'modern' medical systems, and local, traditional systems? This chapter proposes to answer these questions using as a case study the experience of Trifena, a Tzotzil woman suffering from schizophrenia and epilepsy. Our case study is multifaceted and emerges as a result of interference of three dimensions: the medical systems in a globalised and pluricultural world, the ethnic and social situation of the living Maya Indian groups in the Highlands of Chiapas and, so-called mental illnesses as they appear and as they are interpreted and treated in the region. The anthropological literature emphasised one or two of the aforementioned aspects, but rarely the three of them at the same time. Some authors try to describe the core of the pluriethnic and globalised medicines (Janzen 1978, Kleinmann 1980, Lupton 1994, Nichter and Nichter 1996), others have written on the specific topics related to indigenous medicine in the Highlands of Chiapas envisaged as a dynamic, syncretic system (Holland 1963, Köhler 1974, 1995, Beltran 1986). Very few tried to analyse the pluricultural indian medicines situating the healing process in the postmodern, pluricultural and globalised context of the Chiapas region (Ayora Díaz 1998, Freyermuth 2000). I will follow those authors while at the same time avoiding their highly macro/etic-oriented inclination. How do contemporary Maya Indians from Chiapas satisfy their medical needs in new, multicultural, heterogeneous, highly stratified and conflicting communities? How do they negotiate between national, and 'modern' medical systems, and local, traditi
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