“Of Penis Panics, Cannibalistic Spirits and Dancing Manias”

“We like to think of illness as something that happens to all of us in the same way: tuberculosis or cancer do not recognize the differences between beggars and kings, Africans and Europeans, black or white, man or woman. But when it comes to mental illness, diseases may manifest in myriad culture-specific ways. Some mental illnesses, if not, radically, most of them, may be created by culture. Penis panics, Wendigo psychoses and dancing manias are examples of culture-bound syndromes.”

via science tumbled, via @caro

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