The catalogue of Healing Power was written by Cunera Buijs and Wouter Welling. Prior to the exhibition, Buijs and Welling put together an expert meeting of ritual specialists, scientists and artists in the field of healing, shamanism, Vodou, Winti and witchcraft. The articles in this publication are based on the discussions held during this meeting, complemented with additional contributions.
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Hidden healing practices exert fascination and stimulate extensive scientific and public interest. It is a contested topic for many indigenous peoples. Throughout the ages, numerous spiritual healing forms have been marginalized or severely persecuted. Nowadays, however, there is a growing interest in these traditions all over the world. Some are recovered and sometimes also mixed resulting in the blending of different indigenous and Western approaches.
After the loss of the original spiritual contexts during the colonization period, indigenous peoples around the world revive parts of their cultural heritage. They also find inspiration in foreing cultural traditions. Next generations develop new ways to connect to the ancestors and search for new healing practices. This publication explores a limited selection of the manifold collective and individual healing practices, such as shamanism, winti, vodou and European witchcraft.
Practitioners and/or academics share their insights and perspectives. Power objects and healing related art from the collection of the National Museum of World Cultures in the Netherlands reveal hidden meanings of sacred traditions. Contemporary artists are inspired by spiritual healing and renew its meaning in the present.