from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman who practices folk medicine; an herb doctor.
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- n. A specifically female curandero, or traditional Central American healer
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- n. a Mexican woman who practices healing techniques inherited from the Mayans
Though I recently featured Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton in a Poetry Dispatch, occasionally a critic out there (including my old Yaqui Village friend, Judith Wiker — poet, singer, songwriter, curandera/Eastern healing arts) reminds me: Where are all the women?
I guess someone paid a curandera to come smudge the locker room with sage or something, because damn, did the team's luck turn.
Can you tell me a little bit about your relationship with the curandera you met in Mexico?
I've learned a lot from this community at a time in my life when I needed them, in particular from a well-respected world-renowned 72-year-old curandera and master healer who now almost feels like an adoptive mom to me.
A previously mentioned curandera, a mestiza called la Gachupina, working in Tepeji del Río in the late eighteenth century used prayers and orations to solicit the help of Jesus, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and San Antonio de Padua among others when applying herbal remedies.
His story is typical of the individuals detained by the Inquisition; stays were long, sometimes stretching into a decade or more, conditions were deplorable, and people often died while waiting for a verdict, as happened to the curandera María Tiburcia "La Gachupina."
Some practitioners took on several apprentices at one time; in the late colonial period, both the mulata curandera Dominga Nuñez "La Polla," and the Indian Santos Bernabela had a group of young women under their instruction and supervision. 92
She was a curandera who knew all manner of healing with plants.
The curandera from across the river had advised Mamá to wear a white loincloth—like the one Jesus Christ Himself wore on the cross—under her skirts to catch her next child.
Pilsen has its charms and all (I have an excellent curandera whose botanica is on Cermak Road), but I've never lived there, gone to school there or spent much time there, like the overwhelming majority of the approximately 800,000 Chicago Latinos who call the city limits home, or the other million or so Chicago metro region Hispanics!
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