Bashir Aliyu Sallau
From the time of creating human beings up to this time all human beings are struggling for survival in all their endeavors. Parts of such struggle include that of living a healthy life in which people from diversified cultures (Hausa people inclusive) have their own ways of treating illness and disease. In Hausa thought, the concepts ciwo and cuta are synonymous, while magani is a treatment. The ways and manners the Hausa people perceive such concepts differ from the ways other people look at the English words “illness”, “disease” and “medicine”. To a typical Hausa man anything that torches his social, economic, political, psychological, moral emotional as well as mental well-being of the body or mind is a cuta or ciwo. So also whatever he uses to solve such kind of problem either through the use of herbs, shrubs, plants/parts of tree, or through physiotherapy and advice and so on is magani or treatment to such illness or problem. The main focus of this paper is to explore the above concepts in order to understand the ways and manners Hausa people see ciwo and cuta and the magunguna of treating them.
Ph.D.,Department of Nigerian Languages,Umaru Musa Yar’adua University,
P.M.B. 2218, Katsina – Nigeria