Used in the West for sets of health beliefs and practices that developed within the culture of a particular ethnic or geographic group of people, distinct from modern Western medicine; commonly includes herbal and homeopathic remedies, religious or spiritual ritual, and an holistic approach to patients. [February 1996 descriptor added.]
Art or practice of foreseeing future events or obtaining secret knowledge through divine sources, omens, or oracles; it is based on the belief that revelations are offered to humans in extrarational forms of knowledge. CCE [November 1994 alternate term added. January 1992 descriptor added.]
Practices or patterns of behavior regularly performed in a set, precise manner, for either personal or public purposes. [March 1993 descriptor changed, was 'rituals'; alternate term changed, was 'ritual'; scope note changed.]
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