MUSIC THERAPY AS PSYCHOLOGICAL COMFORT IN THE HEALING OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL DISORDERS AT HEALING HOMES IN YORUBA LAND-By Atinuke Adenike Layade

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The attraction that music therapy has gained in treatises and relative studies began in Nigeria in the 1980’s then followed a recent development that was borne out of poverty than of conviction for spiritual healing. Cherubim and Seraphim Church (Aladura) use sacred songs as a variety of therapy for psychological comfort in the healing of mentally disabled persons. The clients who frequent the church for treatment have no alternative as they cannot afford the charges for orthodox mental treatment. Ethnographic methods used in this study include interview and non-participatory observation technique both of which have established the potency of this therapy as an alternative practice that is capable of boosting wellness of sick persons faced with poverty. Findings reveal that the healer-prophet, the patient, the congregation and the music therapy contribute to the process of mental stability/recovery at the healing home. Music therapy is a cheap healing process in Yoruba land and the healing procedure involves singing, dancing, chanting and drumming. The study concludes that Western orthodox medicine and consumption is based on medical examination and prescriptions, Africanized music therapy in Yoruba land will achieve global recognition if an accurate measure of the dosage for healing can be prescribed.
Keywords: Music, Therapy, Africanized Church, Sacred, Mentally Disabled Persons

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