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Friday, January 27, 2023

Magical First Aid Kit: Exhibition on Quacks and Home Medicine in Anthropology

Botiquín Mágico is an exhibition on quacks and self-healing or home medicine, beliefs and practices related to health / disease and curative methods known as traditional medicine of the communities of northwestern Argentina, we will tell you about some Elements of animal, vegetable and mineral origin, belonging to the Cristina Bianchetti Collection, invite you to learn about diseases/treatments/treatments.

It will be operational till July 2023.

More About The Magical Medicine Cabinet Show

Beliefs and practices related to health/illness and therapeutic methods are part of the traditional medicine of the Argentine Northwest. These medicines should be considered holistic, that is, integrating holistic systems made up of contributions from Western medicine, Catholicism, and indigenous traditions. They synthesize biomedical principles – mostly humorous – with ritual practices, many of them with Catholic roots or associated with a belief system where the evil figure associated with Satan is associated with disease and other harm or etiology.

Indigenous traditions, for their part, highlight the existence of deities or entities capable of restoring health in terms of symbolic efficacy. This knowledge includes methods of diagnosis, administration and preparation of remedies in close association with the elements “air, fire, earth and water”, dimensions which include the multiplicity of ingredients that we expose here, of animal, vegetable and mineral origin. Remedies used for various ailments of body and soul, among others, liquids and perfumes, belong to the Bianchetti collection.

It constitutes a complex symbolic universe that suggests a dense sphere to inhabit, the domain of physicians and “shamans” as specialists who apply the knowledge gained in initiation and their profession of restoring health. Let’s multiply through the practice of.

The transcendental significance of this exposition resides in any case in the immateriality of the concept, transmitted for generations through orality, the knowledge that surrounds each object and their essence, a reference without doubt, to quacks and traditional self-treatment or for therapy. Homemade in the field.

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