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Visits were made to each of the ten major hamlets of Saano Dumre and in-depth interviews were conducted among focus groups made up of members of each hamlet.
An interesting feature that also emerged from the pile sorting exercise was that the most common "floating" (meaning some listed them as thulo others as saano) diseases were leprosy and tuberculosis.
As more learn of the treatment availability and as older individuals die off, these once highly stigmatized diseases will complete the shift from one cognitive category (thulo) to another (saano).
It seems, however, that when considered a chronic problem these were listed as thulo, and when considered of short duration (non-chronic) they were considered saano. Hence, I have categorized them as thulo or saano according to chronicity.
Initially I had tried (with very little success) to understand how the terms were being used and understood in Saano Dumre.
Blustain also originally identified this categorization as a major feature of disease classification throughout Saano Dumre.
Although this categorization seemed more of a forced category than a natural cognitive category of illness for the villagers of Saano Dumre, people did consider "inside" diseases generally being of a more serious nature than "outside" ones.
Interviews conducted throughout the village demonstrate a variety of treatment-seeking behaviors are practiced in Saano Dumre.
A current trend throughout Saano Dumre, in regards to treatment seeking, seems to be the combination of new "western-appearing (19)" elements along with elements of the more traditional structure, to form a new sort of hybrid health belief model.
Such a new hybrid medical system developing in Saano Dumre is based on the same pluralistic tendencies identified throughout other parts of South Asia.
The main pattern of treatment seeking in Saano Dumre is symptom based and goes something like this: If saano rog (small illness), then self-treat with various home remedies (the specific one used seemed to be much more a matter of personal choice--or as Blustain pointed out, perhaps contextually determined) for generally three to five days.
Some classified jwaro (fever) and banta (vomiting) individually as saano rogs, while others said that when they are combined (jwaro-banta) they are considered thulo and the patient is taken to the hospital within two hours if it doesn't stop.