Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity: Final Draft
Tamika L Brown
Grand Canyon University
HLT 301V Spirituality in Health Care
September 1, 2012
Within this paper I will be discuss three religions that have similar characteristic of Christianity. I choose Candomble an Afro-Brazilian that has over a million followers. Candomble is a syncretic religion, meaning it has a combination of beliefs. The core of the religion is the traditional African beliefs of Yoruba, Fon and Bantu. Candomble has elements of Christianity, particularly Catholicism. Candomble means “dance in honor of the gods.” Dancing and music play an important role in the Candomble ...view middle of the document...
They use traditional medicine for healing the sick. There is a terreiro (house) that store the herbs and plants that are used for medicinal and ritual treatments. A large portion if the Brazilian communities turn to Candomble rituals when dealing with mental illness.
There is no concept of good and bad for followers of Candomble; however commenting a bad act has their consequences. Each person has their own goal to carry out his or her destiny, which is controlled by their Orixa. Each person’s Orixa acts as their protector as while. For those that worshipper Orixa a ceremony dance is performed to allow the Orixa to possess their bodies. Orixas is a deified ancestors from recent or ancient history. Orixa is known as viduns and inkices, which are spirits that links the humans to the spiritual world. A person Orixa is connected to nature which includes a certain food, animal, and more. Their personality is a reflection of his/her orixa. Orixas are collectively called Baba Egum or Egungun.
During rituals, priests and priestesses are disguised as Baba Egum. The worshipping takes place in the form of dancing and singing. The Dancing calls for the Orixa to enter the body of the person that is performing. When the dancer becomes possessed, they are in a trancelike condition and publicly in the community life through dance. The trance ends, when the Orixa leaves the possessed dancers. The majority of the women play a key role in Candomble religion. The followers of Candomble sacred places have such as the terreiro, or temples. The structures the places have indoor and outdoor sections and designated places for the gods. The worshippers must enter the terreiro or temples in clean clothes. They splash water onto themselves before entering these places, so they themselves are purified from the outside world.
Shinto is difficult to translate to English, Shinto means “The way of the Gods” or the “God-like way” or “The way from the Gods.” There are two classes in which Shinto is divided into: the Sectarian Shinto which contain 13 sects and the Shinto of the national faith of the Japanese. Shinto rituals are often performed by the priest which must be a male. The priest is assisted by female shrine called a miko. Purification is the most common ritual amongst the Japanese culture. Purification is the cleaning of oneself before a peering before Kami (Shinto Gods). Shinto rituals are not only large public festivals but are also performed smaller festival such as the stages of life.
There is no grand philosophy or complicated ritual of the Shintoism religion. Shinto is not a religion that was adopted by the State but a religion by the heart. Shintoism is a natural and surreal spiritual force which pervades the life of the Japanese culture. Shinto is a creative or formative principle of life. The Shinto principle is the background of Japanese culture, code of ethics, fine arts, family and national structure. There are ten precepts of...