Healing chants and Singing Hospitals: towards an analysis of the implementation of spiritual practices as therapeutic means
Keywords:Religious change, Postsecularism, Healing, Health, Therapeutics, Holistic medicine, Alternative medicine, Medical care, Public health, Singing, Chants, Contentment, Sounds, Music, Mind and body, Mantras, Body, Human, Physiology, Spirituality, Psychology
AbstractThis article combines two very interesting fields of research: the one concerning issues of health and well-being in ‘post-secular’ religious practices, the other one striving towards a wider recognition and comprehension of the aural or acoustic side of religions and religious practice, respectively. Due to their favourable qualities, singing and chanting are increasingly implemented in therapeutic programmes. The Singing Hospitals is an international network of medical professionals, music therapists, musicologists, neurobiologists and related groups or initiatives. They aim to promote the beneficial effects of singing for health and healing in healthcare settings on an international level. The potential to experience transcendence and to be affirmed in one’s own spirituality as it is ascribed to chanting accords with its beneficial effects on human health. In post-secular societies the human body, mind and psyche are increasingly understood as being interwoven with the world and the cosmos and with other human, non-human and also divine beings.
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