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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 as Transcultural Religious Healing Tradition

Curanderismo as Transcultural Religious Healing Tradition

Problems and Possibilities

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Border Medicine

Brett Hendrickson

NYU Press

This chapter examines the ongoing hybridization of healthways in the U.S.–Mexico border region, with particular emphasis on Anglo American uses of Mexican American folk healing and similar transcultural exchanges both in the United States and in other colonial border regions. It first considers how the folk saints and metaphysical therapies of borderlands' Mexican Americans sometimes operate effectively for Anglo Americans, and what these transcultural experiences tell us about the religious history of the border. It then discusses problems and possibilities arising from white and other non-Mexican American exchanges with curanderismo and other kinds of Mexican American religious healing. It also shows how the cultural exchange of healing from Mexican Americans to Anglo Americans has been facilitated in part by deep cultural predispositions of openness to such healing in the majority white culture.

Keywords:   healthways, U.S.–Mexico border, folk healing, transcultural exchange, folk saints, metaphysical therapies, Mexican Americans, religious history, curanderismo, religious healing

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