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A Cultural Code for Healing

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In this episode, Dr. David Hanscom continues his discussino with psychological anthropologist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Tamara Turner. She explains the cultural context of the Algerian Diwan community’s approach to healing from pain and trauma through trance dancing. She found that one of the most important factors in making this an effective healing tool was the community’s belief that suffering is an accepted part of being human. The Diwan cultural code discourages talking much about suffering and feeling like a victim. Instead it emphasizes a focus on gratitude as well as a very strong sense of family and community. Trance dancing is a form of community support to help its members release the emotions tied to their suffering so they can heal.

Dr. Tamara Turner is a psychological anthropologist and ethnomusicologist who has spent more than 15 years researching the role of music and dance in healing across cultures. Her award-winning research in North Africa focuses on Sufi music and dance rituals designed to deal with inter-generational trauma among Black communities who are descendants of slaves from the trans-Saharan slave trade. As both an academic, international speaker, and musician, she has published extensively across arts and health disciplines and has held research positions in the US, UK, and Europe. For more information, visit: https://kcl.academia.edu/TamaraTurner.

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