Background: Balinese believe that mental disorders are caused after being possessed and cursed by one’s ancestors, so Balinese choose traditional Balinese treatment (balian/shaman) in handling patients with mental disorders.
Objective: The purpose of this research was to explore deeply about the use of balian in treating patients with mental disorder.
Methods: A qualitative method with an interpretive phenomenological approach was used. In-depth interview technique with semi-structured interview guidelines was used for data collection. Data were analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) approach.
Results: Five themes emerged, including 1) ancestors’ curse, 2) possessed by a spirit, 3) believe that balian has healing power, 4) balian becomes the first choice prior to the hospital, and 5) the use of traditional and medical treatment at once.
Conclusion: Balian became the first choice in treating patients with mental disorders. It is because Balinese still believes that mental disorders caused by the ancestors’ curse and possessed by the spirit.
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