Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Cosmology

I have already spoken about the importance of a wide ranging and deep case history. A patient's world view is another key  to unlocking an avenue for therapeutic intervention
Scientifically, cosmology is the study of the origin of the universe. In relation to folklore, Mary Magoulick uses the term, to contain the myths, rituals and belief systems that may direct social action and decisions. “Myths are symbolic tales of the distant past (often primordial times) that concern cosmogony and cosmology (the origin and nature of the universe), may be connected to belief systems or rituals, and may serve to direct social action and values.”Cosmology in an individual or community basis may be seen as the overarching world-view that influences and even directs particular actions. Within herbal medicine, it may be used to describe the range of beliefs that make up an individual’s world-view, some of which may lead to physical or psychological illness.