Don't anger the ancestors

Speare, Rick (2013) Don't anger the ancestors. Medical Observer, 17 September 2013.

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[Extract] Good hygiene when travelling will keep the ancestors happy. "Toilet paper is banned. It is not allowed!" I was in East Kwaio, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands, clarifying the rules around staying in Laete'esafi's mountain hamlet. Laete'esafi, a priest to his people, lives at an altitude of 700 metres in the East Kwaio Mountains and his ancestors are central to his everyday life.

We were still in Atoifi, a coastal community where we work with the local hospital and surrounding villages on research capacity-building. We were due to depart and were advised that toilet paper was banned because the ancestors said so. Leaves were the new toilet paper.

Item ID: 29770
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: guidelines, research, travel medicine
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Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 01:04
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 80%
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SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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