Swiss Embassy in Guatemala
A project initiated by Prof. em. Roland W. Scholz and Mónica Berger González, and run with the patronage of the Swiss Embassy in Guatemala.
Supported by the Cooperation Agreement (MoU) between ETH-Zurich and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.
The goal of this project is to develop a systemic approach to human cancer which allows to describe and to relate the current scientific approaches to cancer and the indigenous Mayan concept of cancer. The project takes an epistemological perspective and provides a better understanding of various processes involved in different types of cancer diagnosis and treatments. This becomes possible by a transdisciplinary (td) process that is organized and conducted by the Guatemala Maya Council of Elders (GMCE), academics from ETH Zurich, oncologists, physicians, and scientists from Zurich University Hospital, Swiss TPH, INCAN, UVG, and other institutions. Since August 2012, Pius Krütli and Barbara Becker (ETH Global) are leading the project team.
A key part of the project consists of in depth interviews with the wisdom keepers of five ethno-linguistic groups, followed by workshops among the key elders of these groups to facilitate a comprehensive, cohesive, codified representation of the epistemics and belief systems involved in the Maya vision.
The tproject should serve to (i) identify commonalities and differences between the ‘current scientific’ and the Mayan reconstruction of cancer processes, (ii) integrate, systematize and document the historically fragmented knowledge of Maya elders in both the mental-cognitive (spiritual) and physiological perspective, and (iii) design a potential field study to evaluate the effectiveness of Mayan cancer treatment in a long-term survey which is both meeting the criteria of medical evaluation studies and the evaluation from a Mayan perspective.
Read the report about the MACOCC project in "Polykum" (in German) »» (PDF 1.9 MB)
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