Emic Categorization of the Stages of Illness: An Anthropological Study of a Peri-Urban Bangladeshi Village

New born and children were affected mostly from communicable illness while the adolescents, adults and old people suffered from non-communicable illness. They were not aware about the stages of illness. By a qualitative research approach the researchers have found that most respondents (58%) believed that their suffering was due to natural causes and 10 % of the local people believed that uncleanness and unhygienic practice may result in illness. On the other hand, up to 20 % people believed the “evil eye” was a most important etiology of the above motioned illness and 12% respondents believed that the causes of their suffering were supernatural. The researchers have found recurrent images or metaphors of illness showed an unseen influence transmitted by virtually any contact with an infected person and explained contagion as moral punishment.