Although limited, there are some initiatives facilitating the study of Curanderismo
, such as the course Traditional Medicine Without Borders: Curanderismo
in the Southwest and Mexico offered by the University of New Mexico.
Asi, los pasantes de medicina relataban que desafiando lluvias, tormentas o heladas, a traves de caminos rudimentarios para llegar a pequenas comunidades rurales, apoyaban las labores de las brigadas de vacunacion y se erigian como la encarnacion de la lucha contra el curanderismo
, la hechiceria, el abandono y la ignorancia que, de acuerdo con las autoridades de salud, prevalecian en la mayor parte del pais.
To give an idea of the range of topics addressed in the 100 tautly written, yet accessible, signed entries (each about three or four pages long, with references and further reading lists), here's a sampling of topics: aesthetics, assimilation, curanderismo
, environmentalism, Islam, Jews, justice, language, mission system, reconquista, sexuality, spiritual hybridity, transnationalism, US political parties, and Virgin Mary.
The course surveyed a range of healing traditions found in the United States, including energy-based systems such as polarity, reiki, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology and iridology; spirit-based systems such as curanderismo
, espiritismo, santeria, voodoo, spiritualism, and faith healing; and body-based systems such as myo-massage, osteopathy, chiropractic, sacrocranial massage, and homeopathy.
Used by many Mexican-Americans to supplement conventional medicine, curanderismo
is a mind-body-spirit healing approach steeped in tradition and ceremony.
The phenomenon of folk-healing or Curanderismo
is not diminishing, not in Texas or any place in Latin America.
They include case history questions, a summary of curanderismo
beliefs and practices, examples of morphological and syntactical markers, and provide resources for books and materials.
The HCAPL survey also found that a significant percentage of Latinos believe in the practice of metaphysical traditions like spiritism, witchcraft and combinative popular Catholic healing traditions like curanderismo
(Latin folk healing), the healing takes place .
Most prominently, Teresa's background in curanderismo
and Mexican Catholic practice led her to embrace the material world in a manner that most Christian Scientists, Theosophists, radical Protestants, or practitioners of "mental science" would have rejected.
These include Santeria, which arrived in Alonso's homeland, Cuba, on 16th century slaves ships, as well as its Hatian cousin Voodoo; Puerto Rican Espiritismo; and Curanderismo
, practiced primarily in Mexico.
One view of these ethnomedical approaches asserted that "each is a synthesis of beliefs and practices derived from separate neocolonial histories: Spiritism (Espiritismo) from the combination of European (French) and Afro-Caribbean traditions, Santeria derived from folk Catholicism and West African (Yoruba) traditions; and Curanderismo
from folk Catholicism and Indian traditions" (Koss-Chioino, 1995, p.