The Medicine Man Don Candido Short Story

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I believe the best illustration of tension between local culture and globalisation in Samir’s story is his account of the Medicine Man, Don Candido of the BriBri tribe in Costa Rica. Samir details how he had found two parasites in his arm after his stay in Costa Rica and had to endure a 3 and a half week ordeal of toxic daily shots in the US in order to save his life. Samir kept thinking there must be a better solution to this problem and upon his next visit to Costa Rica, the medicine man, Don Candido, revealed that he knew a very simple treatment that would only last for 3 days and would be gentler on the body. Unfortunately, beneficial medical knowledge like that of Don Candido is slowly losing it’s credibility to more mainstream western medical practices. There’s no established platform that gives a voice to people with knowledge of traditional medicine and also no way for them to collaborate with their modern medicine counterparts. Sadly, this knowledge will slowly die out.
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First, globalisation brought his Lebanese Father and Colombian Mother together. He then had two main influences that shaped his global perspective. Since he was born to international parents, he was able to spend a lot of time with family in other countries and being put into an international school he was able to make friends from all over the globe. These relationships provided him with great insight into european and middle eastern culture and languages and taught him about an array of values and diversity. He also was able to see first hand the awful effects of war and poverty, but also see that these people had a strong will to survive. I think he expresses globalization quite well with his opinion that even though our languages are different, we are still speaking about the same things. (Moussa, as cited in Levin Institute,

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