THE USE OF SPIRITUAL THERAPIES FOR INCURABLE DISEASES IN C偲E D?IVOIRE

Abstract

Author(s): Adjoba Monique TANY, Kouadio Patrick ADON

This study aims to explain the use of Christian spiritual therapies for the care of the sick. To do this, we
conducted a survey of the sick in the Jesus the Way of Truth (CJCV) center in Port- Bouët and the Catholic Community of
Friends of the Early Christians (CCAP) in Dabou. The data collection methodology consisted, in a qualitative approach,
in administering interview guides to the staff of the healing centers, and in the quantitative approach in administering a
questionnaire to the patients. The results showed that the spiritual healing centers present themselves as privileged
spaces in the quest for healing because of their accessibility and their acceptability by patients to seek treatment there.
The incurability and chronicity of certain diseases are other explanatory factors for the use of religious therapies, erasing
the biomedical benchmarks structuring the quest for care. This quest for healing has supplanted the expectation of salvation
of the soul advocated by religious movements of Christian inspiration.

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