“Training our Frequencies: Lessons from a Chol Mayan Healing Ritual” will be presented by SUNY Potsdam Assistant Professor of Modern Languages Sergio Lopez at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Best Western University Inn Rushton Room, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.
Healing rituals have been widely studied by anthropologists since the 19th century. One of their most interesting aspects are the frequencies and repetition patterns that may play a role in the process of healing. How do they work, and how healers can reproduce these patterns?
Lopez will discuss work about a Chol Maya ritual aimed at curing a woman of kisiñ, the “embarrassment-sickness,” whose skin suddenly broke out in bright red hives and rashes.
This case of a healing ritual leads to the possibility of thinking about human afflictions as a process of consolidation of habits, routines, and other type of patterns that shape our everyday life and might be externally modified. He will discuss how we might adopt or modify those frequencies and patterns to shape what we are.
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