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Border MedicineA TransCultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo$
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Brett Hendrickson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479834785

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479834785.001.0001

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Curanderismo in the United States

Curanderismo in the United States

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Border Medicine

Brett Hendrickson

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the various practices of curanderismo in the United States. Drawing on historical and ethnographic accounts, it examines the customs and habits of Mexican American religious and folk healing. In particular, it chronicles the lives of two prominent folk saints, Teresa Urrea and Pedrito Jaramillo, as early examples of Mexican American folk healers who interacted often and successfully with mainstream white America. It also considers Anglo cultural assumptions that allowed Mexican American folk traditions and medicines to be transculturally efficacious. Finally, it discusses the herbal remedies, prayers, and typical techniques of several mid- and late-twentieth-century curanderos, who practice mostly in Mexican American barrios.

Keywords:   curanderismo, United States, religious healing, folk healing, folk saints, Teresa Urrea, Pedrito Jaramillo, folk healers, herbal remedies, curanderos

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