Black Plague: A Cultural Analysis

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Cultural is system of values, beliefs, practices that guide someone’s behavior. A culture is learned or shares; it is a way of thinking, feeling, and acting. Culture is passed from generation to generation; religion is an important part of someone’s cultural identity. Culture usually affect older people recognizes, and characterizes the meaning of illness. One cultural view, is about the meaning of health, and what is there to do when illness strike. For patients with mental health disorders, additional barriers are created due to poor experiences with the health care system. Working in a medical field, doctors, nurses will be caring for adult from different backgrounds. Different ethnic cultures view health differently,…show more content…
In the bible, we read that black plague was a curse from God to punish for the sins that the infected had committed. When scientist had figured out that, the disease was not a result of sins, or spiritual inadequacy that the devastating illness was caused by bacteria from fleas on rats. Black Death was the most deadly disease that viciously killed millions of people during the middle Ages. In Africa, they believe plenty in witchcraft, and it is sometimes the only explanation as long as no other explanation can be found for any diseases. In West Africa, Buruli ulcer was an infectious disease caused by mycobacterium ulcerous. The disease is named after Buruli, a region near the Nile River in Uganda; where it has emerged in several West African countries. People thought that the disease was a curse because they could not find any other explanation for it. A native from Buruli stated, “Witches are known mainly for spreading mysterious diseases in Ghanaian societies, like tuberculosis, Buruli, and leprosy” (Yikje et al.…show more content…
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