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Amber Chambers February 28, 2008 Response Paper 3 We defined a symbol in lecture as “something verbal or nonverbal that arbitrarily and by convention stands for something else, with which it has no necessary or natural connection.” Symbols are widely used in rituals and especially in the ritual of healing. The hospital is one example of a symbol. Originally seen as a place only the immodest and/or dying went, hospitals are now seen as “the only place where the sick [can] be healed” (Blumhagen, 113). In the film House of the Spirit , the red circles on the forehead of Cambodians symbolized the practice of cupping, and therefore healing. One major symbol of healing is the white doctor’s coat as illustrated by Blumhagen in his essay The Doctor’s White Coat . According to this view, the doctor’s coat symbolizes someone who is pure and noble. The person wearing this coat is viewed to have no malice, “unaroused” sexuality (114), and who will keep the patient safe and not cause intentional harm. Additionally, white is said to be associated with the actual
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course ANTHRO 106 taught by Professor Harper during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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