By Brett Hendrickson

Mexican
American people and spiritual therapeutic, also known as curanderismo, has been an integral part of lifestyles within the Mexico-U.S.
border quarter for hundreds of years. A hybrid culture made up basically of indigenous
and Iberian Catholic pharmacopeias, rituals, and notions of the self, curanderismo treats the unwell individual with
a number of therapeutic modalities together with natural treatments, intercessory prayer,
body therapeutic massage, and effort manipulation. Curanderos,
“healers,” include a holistic realizing of the sufferer, together with body,
soul, and community.

 

Border Medicine examines the ongoing
evolution of Mexican American non secular therapeutic from the top of the nineteenth
century to the current. Illuminating the ways that curanderismo has had an influence not just at the future health and culture
of the borderlands but additionally some distance past, the e-book tracks its enlargement from Mexican
American groups to Anglo and multiethnic contexts. whereas many healers deal with Mexican and Mexican
American shoppers, an important variety of curanderos
have labored with sufferers from different ethnic teams to boot, in particular those
involved in North American metaphysical religions like spiritualism, mesmerism,
New concept, New Age, and energy-based replacement drugs. Hendrickson
explores this aspect of touch as an adventure of transcultural exchange.

 

Drawing
on ancient documents, colonial-era scientific texts and bills, early
ethnographies of the area, newspaper articles, memoirs, and contemporary
healing guidebooks in addition to interviews with modern healers, Border Medicine demonstrates the notable
and ongoing impact of Mexican american citizens on cultural and non secular practices
in the U.S., specifically within the American West.

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