Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American by Brett Hendrickson

By Brett Hendrickson

Mexican
American folks and spiritual therapeutic, sometimes called curanderismo, has been an integral part of lifestyles within the Mexico-U.S.
border zone for hundreds of years. A hybrid culture made up basically of indigenous
and Iberian Catholic pharmacopeias, rituals, and notions of the self, curanderismo treats the in poor health individual with
a number of therapeutic modalities together with natural treatments, intercessory prayer,
body therapeutic massage, and effort manipulation. Curanderos,
“healers,” embody a holistic figuring out of the sufferer, together with body,
soul, and community.

 

Border Medicine examines the ongoing
evolution of Mexican American non secular therapeutic from the tip of the nineteenth
century to the current. Illuminating the ways that curanderismo has had an influence not just at the healthiness and culture
of the borderlands but in addition some distance past, the ebook tracks its growth from Mexican
American groups to Anglo and multiethnic contexts. whereas many healers deal with Mexican and Mexican
American purchasers, an important variety of curanderos
have labored with sufferers from different ethnic teams to boot, specifically those
involved in North American metaphysical religions like spiritualism, mesmerism,
New suggestion, New Age, and energy-based substitute medications. Hendrickson
explores this element of touch as an event of transcultural exchange.

 

Drawing
on old records, colonial-era clinical texts and bills, early
ethnographies of the area, newspaper articles, memoirs, and contemporary
healing guidebooks in addition to interviews with modern healers, Border Medicine demonstrates the notable
and ongoing impact of Mexican americans on cultural and spiritual practices
in the us, specifically within the American West.

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