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By Eliseo "Cheo" Torres,Timothy L. Sawyer Jr.

Eliseo Torres, referred to as "Cheo," grew up within the Corpus Christi zone of Texas and knew, firsthand, the Mexican people therapeutic practiced in his domestic and local. Later in lifestyles, he desired to understand extra in regards to the vegetation and rituals of curanderismo.

Torres's tale starts off along with his studies within the Mexican city of Espinazo, the house of the nice curandero El Niño Fidencio (1899-1939), the place Torres underwent life-changing non secular studies. He introduces us to a couple of the main figures within the culture, discusses a few of the pitfalls of educating curanderismo, and concludes with an account of a category he taught during which curanderos from Cuernavaca, Mexico, shared their wisdom with students.

Part own pilgrimage, half compendium of clinical wisdom, this relocating booklet finds curanderismo as either a contemplative and a clinical perform which can provide new methods to historic problems.

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". . . for hundreds of years, rattlesnakes have been eaten to avoid any variety of stipulations and health problems, together with arthritis and rheumatism. In Mexico and in different Latin American nations, rattlesnake meat is absolutely bought in pill shape to regard impotence or even to regard melanoma. Rattlesnake meat can be dried and flooring and sprinkled into open wounds and physique sores to heal them, and a rattlesnake ointment is made that's utilized to aches and pains as well."

Eliseo "Cheo" Torres is vice chairman of pupil affairs on the college of latest Mexico.

Timothy L. Sawyer, Jr., is a public info consultant on the collage of latest Mexico.

"Curandero, a e-book concerning the paintings and perform of conventional Hispanic folks therapeutic, is written from the guts through a believer who hopes readers will come to understand and advance comparable religion and belief within the rituals of curanderismo."-- Tucson Weekly

"Like curanderismo, the publication is a component legend, half historical past and half people story. Readers could be entertained, enthralled and mystified."-- Corpus-Christi Caller-Times, TX

"The publication is a considerate creation if you have an interest within the additional examine of curanderismo or within the research of a number of the crossing locations among smooth medication and folkways, the brain and the physique, or the assembly position that's the US-Mexico border. i'll definitely continue it on my shelf if, for not anything else, its thorough index within which i will lookup reasonably cheap usual therapies for complications, melancholy, or canker sores."-- Southwestern American Literature

"[Curandero] is easily well worth the time to learn to profit extra and comprehend the significance of folks medicine."-- Taos News

"[Curandero] suceeds in revealing curanderismo as either a contemplative and a clinical perform. . . it's a attention-grabbing read."-- Multicultural Review

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