Curandero / Curandera

A curanderoor a curanderaare medicine men and women of Mexico, Mesoamerica and Hispanic communities. The curandero and curandera have a different healing function than their counterparts, the brujo and bruja (male and female witches).

Curanderos are folk psychiatrists, providing magical cures for mental and emotional problems. For example, a curandero will “clean the soul,” which may involve exorcising spirits believed responsible for problems. Both curanderos and brujos use herbal and folk remedies.

The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 1989, 1999, 2008 by Visionary Living, Inc.

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