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Description - Curandero by Eliseo Cheo Torres

Eliseo 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 Details

ISBN: 9780826336408
ISBN-10: 082633640X
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 184
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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Author Biography - Eliseo Cheo Torres

Eliseo 'Cheo' Torres is vice-president for student affairs at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.