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.

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