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Author Hendrickson, Brett, author.

Title Border medicine : a transcultural history of Mexican American curanderismo / Brett Hendrickson
Published New York ; London : New York University Press, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 233 pages) : illustrations
Series North American religions
North American religions.
Contents Part I. Contact and combination -- Part II. Saints and spirits -- Part III. New directions in curanderismo
Summary "Mexican American folk and religious healing, often referred to as curanderismo, has been a vital part of life in the Mexico-U.S. border region for centuries. A hybrid tradition made up primarily of indigenous and Iberian Catholic pharmacopeias, rituals, and notions of the self, curanderismo treats the sick person with a variety of healing modalities including herbal remedies, intercessory prayer, body massage, and energy manipulation. Curanderos, 'healers, ' embrace a holistic understanding of the patient, including body, soul, and community. Border Medicine examines the ongoing evolution of Mexican American religious healing from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. Illuminating the ways in which curanderismo has had an impact not only on the health and culture of the borderlands but also far beyond, the book tracks its expansion from Mexican American communities to Anglo and multiethnic contexts. While many healers treat Mexican and Mexican American clientele, a significant number of curanderos have worked with patients from other ethnic groups as well, especially those involved in North American metaphysical religions like spiritualism, mesmerism, New Thought, New Age, and energy-based alternative medicines. Hendrickson explores this point of contact as an experience of transcultural exchange. Drawing on historical archives, colonial-era medical texts and accounts, early ethnographies of the region, newspaper articles, memoirs, and contemporary healing guidebooks as well as interviews with contemporary healers, Border Medicine demonstrates the notable and ongoing influence of Mexican Americans on cultural and religious practices in the United States, especially in the American West"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject University of South Alabama
Mexican Americans -- Medicine
Mexican Americans -- Religion.
Traditional medicine -- Mexican-American Border Region
Healing -- Mexican-American Border Region
Mexican Americans.
Spiritual healing.
Medicine, Traditional -- history
Mexican Americans
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Spiritual Therapies
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
MEDICAL -- History.
Spiritual healing
Mexican Americans
Mexican Americans -- Medicine
Mexican Americans -- Religion
Traditional medicine
United States -- ethnology
North America -- Mexican-American Border Region
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781479861293