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Title Voices from the ancestors : Xicanx and Latinx spiritual expressions and healing practices / edited by Lara Medina and Martha R. Gonzales
Published Tucson [Arizona] : The University of Arizona Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 433 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction / Lara Medina and Martha R. Gonzales -- Morning prayers. Sunrise prayer / Inés Hernández-Ávila -- ... Keeping It Real... / Gloria Enedina Alvarez -- Prayer To The Orishas / Martha R. Gonzales -- Honoring the sacred directions. As the ceremony begins... / Sara H. Salazar -- Honoring the sacred directions / Lara Medina -- Creating sacred space. The Curandera prepares for healing / Sara H. Salazar -- My home altar / Ofelia Esparza -- Shrine of self-realization / Rosanna Esparza Ahrens and Ofelia Esparza -- Reclaiming our mother, reclaiming ourselves / Alba Onofrio -- Creating an altar for the healing of our younger self / Susy Zepeda -- Little altars / Martha R. Gonzales Bendiciones de casa (house blessings): life and spirit in living spaces / Marta López-Garza -- Blessings for babies and young children. Life arrives / Gloria Enedina Alvarez -- A home baptism / Lara Medina -- A little baby prayer / Patrisia Gonzales, Traditional Baby Catcher -- The Mujeres Circle / Mónica Russel Y Rodríguez -- Planting the umbilical cord / Jennie Luna -- Creating art as spiritual practice. On creating art / Flor y Canto / Yreina D. Cervántez -- Bordar y tejer es medicina / Dora Xochitl Lopez-Mata and Maria Eva Mata -- Aprender bordando: embroidery as meditation and knowledge making / Esther Díaz Martín -- Luz De Luz / Gloria Enedina Alvarez -- The gift of art / Margaret "Quica" Alarcón -- Joto rituals for healing, self-love, and social justice / Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr
Creating art through prose and poetry. Mujer Jaguar PRESENTE! / Gloria Enedina Alvarez -- Fuerza ancestral ; Writing is as necessary as air to me / Xánath Caraza -- Canto Ocelotl / Jaguar Incantations / Yreina D. Cervántez -- On my relative's skin / Claudia A. Mercado -- Latinx liberation: a meditation on writing / Lauren Frances Guerra -- Creating art through danza. Queering mi palabra / Luis Salinas -- Prayer in motion / Issa Linda Arroyo -- Wearable prayers: danza ceremonial trajes / Patricia Juárez / Chicueyi Coatl -- Communing with our dying and beloved deceased. Ofrenda / Gloria Enedina Alvarez -- Nana's hands / Sybil Venegas -- Death as a peaceful, loving teacher / Alan Hicks -- Ancestral ties / Maritza Alvarez -- The rose in my heart / Patricia Rodriguez -- Showing me the path home: a poz, third-gender xicanx constructs a triad of the divine feminine / Omar Gonzalez -- Teachings From Mami / Norma Elia Cantú -- What my abuelita taught me about prayer and memory... / Theresa Torres -- Conjuros / Rossy Evelin Lima; Translated by Don Chellini -- Life embracing death / Jocelyn Vargas -- Día de todos los santos: xicanx healing ritual after the death of a child / Aida Salazar -- Lamento Cihuateteo / Llanto De Juárez (The Lament Of The Cihuateteo/The Cry Of Juárez) / Yreina D. Cervántez -- Dreaming. Cultivating a healing dream practice / Atava Garcia Swiecicki -- On dreaming / Maritza Alvarez in Conversation with Lara Medina -- After the limpia / Sara H. Salazar
Holistic health care. The Curandera begins / Sara H. Salazar -- Womxn caring for womxn is ceremony / Grace Alvarez Sesma -- Baños de limpia espiritual / Sandra M. Pacheco -- The thirteen aires and self-limpias / Atava Garcia Swiecicki -- El Temazkal, A place for rest and purification / Estela Román -- Wellness ways for beginning self- and community care / Felicia "Fe" Montes -- A Poppet for mental health / Jessica Lozano Rodriguez -- La Oración / Pedro Alvarado -- Life changes. The rite of passage for a young woman / Linda Villanueva -- Fiesta de maíz: A ceremony for our young adults / Lara Medina -- Transcẽnera: A transformative ceremony / Jacqueline Garza Lawrence -- Luna Mia: A Xicanx guide for a first-moon ceremony / Aida Salazar -- Leaving home / Lara Medina -- Querida tierra-sol-mar-y-viento / María Elena Fernández -- Mynopause: from "change of life" to a nepantla state of enlightenment / Elisa Facio -- Meditation. The warrior womxn envisions... / Sara H. Salazar -- Connecting with the elements / Lara Medina -- Following my breath / Brenda Romero -- A meditation on beauty for releasing pain and trauma / Linda Vallejo -- Learning to Breathe: Ancestral Healing, Spiritual Activism, and the Medicine Wheel / Heidi M. Coronado -- Medicinal foods. Remedies y rituales / Berenice Dimas -- Atole / Neomi de Anda -- Nourish your body and soul / Gloria Quesada -- Cultivando semillas y culturas en la Madre Tierra (Cultivating seeds and cultures on Mother Earth) / Melissa Moreno -- Spirit plates / Claudia Serrato
Mother-child bonding. Radical Mami love: Chicana Consejos del corazon / Brenda M. Sendejo -- Be stewards of the earth / Karen Mary Davalos -- Find your truth / Elvira Prieto -- Live in the present / Maria Elena Cruz -- Receta for radical wholeness / Tia Naya / Naya Armendarez Jones -- "We are not a conquered people" / Jackie Cuevas -- My relations / María Elena Martínez -- Consejos of remembrance / Alicia Enciso Litschi -- Petra's gift / Modesta Barbina Trevino -- Why being truly popular is hard to do / Martha P. Cotera -- Huitzin de mi alma: A meditation on healing in adoption / Corina Benavides López -- Welcome, Nova: Consejos for surviving pregnancy loss / Patricia Marina Trujillo -- Chalchiuhtlicue-The passing of one's child / Aida Salazar -- Post-cesarean ceremony / Baby's first journey to the heart / Jennie Luna -- Fortifying our spirits: a talking circle for our daughters / Irene Lara -- Shaking it all up / Laura Pérez -- Moon meditations. Coyolxauhqui Canto / Cristina Gorocica -- Full Moon Coyolxauhqui Circle / Felicia "Fe" Montes -- Patzin: Abuela Luna and the Cycles of la mujer / Patrisia Gonzales -- Moon gazing / Lara Medina -- Sacred sexualities. The Incarnate God and embodied desire / Lauren Frances Guerra -- In gratitude / Martha R. Gonzales -- prayer to my Lover // Ofrenda a mi amante / Yaz Mendez Nuñez -- Healing from Sexual Trauma / María Elena Fernández
Prayer and song. The wounded warrior / Sara H. Salazar -- On prayer / Laura Pérez -- Cántico de mujer / Rosa Martha Zárate Macías -- Woman song / Cristina Gorocica -- Woman nation / Marisol Lydia Torres -- I pray: Un Rezo of Healing pa'lxs Mariconxs / Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr. -- Relationship with land and plants. The earth moves / Laura Pérez -- Encontrándome / Berenice Dimas -- Letter to Eva / Theresa Yugar -- Growing Maíz / Maritza Alvarez -- Spiritual activism. The scriptures of Lydia Lopez / Jacqueline M. Hidalgo -- The Peace walks of Dolores Mission Parish: How One community moves toward healing from violence / as Rita Chairez and Raquel Roman of Dolores Mission Parish have shared with Jennifer Owens Jofré -- The day after the election: protecting body, mind, and spirit / Sandra M. Pacheco -- The Dharma and the dragon girl / Patrisia Gonzales -- Misa Mujer / Mujerista Mass / Patricia Pedroza González -- Spiritual pedagogy. A pedagogy of ofrendas: The altar as a tool for integrating social justice in the classroom / Norell Martínez -- A spiritual pedagogy / Lara Medina -- Decolonizing spirit in the classroom con Anzaldúa / Susy Zepeda -- Talking circles. The Curandera listens / Sara H. Salazar -- From past to present: the power of healing circles / Trini Tlazohteotl Rodriguez -- En este círculo / Ann Hidalgo -- Circles of women / Naomi H. Quiñonez -- Evening prayers. Ángel de mi guardia / María Figueroa -- Descansando en paz / Jerry Tello -- Tlazocahmati Tatita Sol / Grace Alvarez Sesma
Summary Voices from the Ancestors brings together the reflective writings and spiritual practices of Xicanx, Latinx, and Afro-Latinx womxn and male allies in the United States who seek to heal from the historical traumas of colonization by returning to ancestral traditions and knowledge. This wisdom is based on the authors' oral traditions, research, intuitions, and lived experiences--wisdom inspired by, and created from, personal trajectories on the path to spiritual conocimiento, or inner spiritual inquiry. This conocimiento has reemerged over the last fifty years as efforts to decolonize lives, minds, spirits, and bodies have advanced. Yet this knowledge goes back many generations to the time when the ancestors understood their interconnectedness with each other, with nature, and with the sacred cosmic forces--a time when the human body was a microcosm of the universe. Reclaiming and reconstructing spirituality based on non-Western epistemologies is central to the process of decolonization, particularly in these fraught times. The wisdom offered here appears in a variety of forms--in reflective essays, poetry, prayers, specific guidelines for healing practices, communal rituals, and visual art, all meant to address life transitions and how to live holistically and with a spiritual consciousness for the challenges of the twenty-first century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-406) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 04, 2019)
Subject African Americans -- Religion.
Anthropology -- Latin America
Anthropology -- United States
Feminist spirituality -- United States
Folklore -- Latin America.
Folklore -- United States.
Mexican Americans -- Religion.
African Americans -- Religion.
Civilization -- African influences.
Feminist spirituality.
Manners and customs.
Mexican Americans -- Religion.
Latin America -- Civilization -- African influences.
United States -- Social life and customs.
Latin America.
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Gonzales, Martha R., editor.
Medina, Lara, 1953- editor.
ISBN 0816540527