A Life in Mexican Folk Healing
By (author) Eliseo Cheo Torres
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Curandero by Eliseo Cheo Torres
Book DescriptionEliseo Torres, known as 'Cheo', grew up in the Corpus Christi area of Texas and knew, firsthand, the Mexican folk healing practised in his home and neighbourhood. 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 (1899-1939), 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826336408
(230mm x 155mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University of New Mexico Press
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Discussing 'curanderismo' and the practice of herbalists, this book focuses on individual healers and their procedures and traditional Mexican-American herbs and cures. The product of centuries of experience in Mexico, influenced by the Moors, Judeo-Christians, and Aztecs, this work includes use of items such as lemon and objects such as keys.
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Author Biography - Eliseo Cheo Torres
Eliseo 'Cheo' Torres is vice-president for student affairs at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
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