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They All Want Magic: Curanderas and Folk Healing (Rio Grande/Rio Bravo)

by Elizabeth de la Portilla

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"They All Want Magic," is a great introduction to the folk healing practice of curanderismo as it is practiced in San Antonio. Those unfamiliar with the practice as a whole, may want to read another text first before reading this. That aside, De La Portilla combines personal experience with solid anthropological research as she studies with curanderos and herbalists. The ethnography may not be as objective as a lot of other texts since De La Portilla is a part of the community, but she acknowledges that. ( )
  andeben | May 25, 2012 |
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Curanderas—traditional healers in Mexican culture—bridge the gaps between multiple planes of existence—spiritual and material, modern and pre-modern—dispensing medicinal herbs, prayers, and instruction. Elizabeth de la Portilla writes of the world and practices of San Antonio curanderas. As a scholar, an ethnographer, and a curandera in training, her parallel perspectives uniquely aid readers in understanding this subordinated culture. Retelling the stories various healers have shared, interpreting their answers to her probing questions, and describing the herbs and recipes they use in their arts, the author vividly illuminates the borderland context of San Antonio. Scholars and readers of anthropology, sociology, Chicana and Chicano studies, and women's studies will savor the many layers of meaning and application in They All Want Magic.

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