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Author Torres, Eliseo
Title Curandero : A Life in Mexican Folk Healing
Imprint Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2005
©2014
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Descript 1 online resource (113 pages)
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Note Cover -- Half title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Dedications -- Introduction The Healing Tradition of a Family and a Culture -- Chapter 1 The Awakening -- Chapter 2 I Am Healed by Doña María -- Chapter 3 I Face the Great Black Dog and Other Tales of Magical Cures -- Chapter 4 My Father's Ancestral Wisdom -- Chapter 5 Exotic Rituals I Have Known -- Chapter 6 I.Q. Tells the Story of Don Pedrito, Curandero -- Chapter 7 The Great Materia, Chenchito Alvarado -- Chapter 8 The Midwife Doña Juana, a Partera -- Chapter 9 Art Esquibel Tells Me the Story of Teresita, Saint of Cabora -- Chapter 10 How I Was Fed and Healed by Plants -- Chapter 11 Folk Healing in This Modern World -- Chapter 12 Curanderismo Goes to School -- Chapter 13 Recent Curanderos -- Epilogue -- Selective Bibliography and Further Reading -- About the Authors -- Index
Eliseo Torres, known as "Cheo," grew up in the Corpus Christi area of Texas and knew, firsthand, the Mexican folk healing practiced in his home and neighborhood. Later in life, he wanted to know more about the plants and rituals of curanderismo. Torres's story begins with his experiences in the Mexican town of Espinazo, the home of the great curandero El Niño Fidencio (1899-1939), where Torres underwent life-changing spiritual experiences. He introduces us to some of the major figures in the tradition, discusses some of the pitfalls of teaching curanderismo, and concludes with an account of a class he taught in which curanderos from Cuernavaca, Mexico, shared their knowledge with students. Part personal pilgrimage, part compendium of medical knowledge, this moving book reveals curanderismo as both a contemplative and a medical practice that can offer new approaches to ancient problems. From Curandero: ". . . for centuries, rattlesnakes were eaten to prevent any number of conditions and illnesses, including arthritis and rheumatism. In Mexico and in other Latin American countries, rattlesnake meat is actually sold in capsule form to treat impotence and even to treat cancer. Rattlesnake meat is also dried and ground and sprinkled into open wounds and body sores to heal them, and a rattlesnake ointment is made that is applied to aches and pains as well."
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Torres, Eliseo Curandero : A Life in Mexican Folk Healing Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press,c2005 9780826336408
Subject Healers -- Mexico.;Healing -- Mexico.;Traditional medicine -- Mexico
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Alt Author Sawyer, Timothy L
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