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Title:Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, Timothy L Sawyer Jr.
Publisher:University of New Mexico Press
ISBN:1322029504
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Number of Pages:181
Category:Anthropology, Health

Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing by Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, Timothy L Sawyer Jr.

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing 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 Nino Fidencio 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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