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Border Medicine: A TransCultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo

Brett Hendrickson

Abstract

Mexican American folk and religious healing, often referred to as curanderismo, has been a vital part of life in the Mexico–U.S. border region for centuries. A hybrid tradition made up primarily of indigenous and Iberian Catholic pharmacopeias, rituals, and notions of the self, curanderismo treats the sick person with a variety of healing modalities including herbal remedies, intercessory prayer, body massage, and energy manipulation. Curanderos, “healers,” embrace a holistic understanding of the patient, including body, soul, and community. This book examines the ongoing evolution of Mexican ... More

Keywords: curanderismo, Mexican Americans, folk healing, curanderos, religious healing, transcultural exchange, American West

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479834785
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479834785.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brett Hendrickson, author