A comparative Study of Traditional Medicine in Japan and Guatemala
Grant-in-Aid for international Scientific Research
|Allocation Type||Single-year Grants|
|Section||University-to-University Cooperative Research|
|Research Institution||Health Administration center, Wakayama University|
MIYANISHI Teruo Wakayama Uni., Health Administration center, 保健管理センター, 助教授 (60094679)
JORGE Solare サンカルロス大学, 民族間問題研究所, 所長(教授)
YVONNE Somme サンカルロス大学, 細菌学研究所, 研究員
MIGUEL Torre サンカルロス大学, 細菌学研究所, 所長(教授)
RUBEN Gonzal サンカルロス大学, 調査研究部, 副部長
ELBA Villato サンカルロス大学, 民俗学研究所, 主任
TORRES Miguel San Carlos University, Guatemala
SOMMERKAMP Yvonne San Carlos University, Guatemala
VILLATORO Elba San Carlos University, Guatemala
GONZALEZ Ruben San Carlos University, Guatemala
SOLARES Jorge San Carlos University, Guatemala
|Project Period (FY)
Completed(Fiscal Year 1994)
|Budget Amount *help
¥2,200,000 (Direct Cost : ¥2,200,000)
Fiscal Year 1994 : ¥2,200,000 (Direct Cost : ¥2,200,000)
|Keywords||Japan and Guatemala / Traditional and modern western medicine / Cultural change / Health care system / Soial support system|
This project describes "A comparative Study of Traditional Medicine in Japan and Guatemala" funded by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Monbusho International Research Program-University to University Cooperative Research) for 1994.. The project team consisted of 6 members in Japan and Guatemala.
Historically Spanish explorers and soldiers invaded Guatemala in 1519, so the effects of western culture began then. However, unlike surrounding country and culture, the culture and population of Guatemala are still largely native Mayan.
But recently, even traditional farming villages have been modernizing and developing a money economy. Also, traditional Mayan medicine is changing to modern western one.
On the other hand, in Japan the reverse seems to be happening. Many sufferers visit folk-healers to ask them to heal their suffering. It seems that most Japanese have some doubts about the adequacy of modern western medicine and begin to reconsider holistically.
This time we visited farming villages in Guatemala and Japan to investigate their attitudes to modern western/traditional medicine.
One of the results of this research was published in book form, La Medicina Traditional Maya-A comparative Study of Traditional Medicine in Guatemala and Japan-edited by Teruo Miyanishi and reported in the 7th congress of Japanese social psychiatry.
The first phase of this research project finished at the end of March. The next phase of this research will continue under the title "Clinical and EEG Studies of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms "and be funded by the same Grant-in-Aid to investigate more in detail.
Research Output (2results)