Today’s episode is all about the traditional Hispanic-American healing system known as curanderismo. We speak with University of New Mexico Professor Eliseo “Cheo” Torres on the topic, hear about one of the folk saints form the tradition, and enjoy a bit of lore and music as well. NOTE: THIS EPISODE IS NOT INTENDED AS MEDICAL OR LEGAL ADVICE. Please consult a physician or medical professional if you have medical needs.
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Download: Episode 96 – Curanderismo with Cheo Torres
Our primary source is the excellent Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing, by our guest Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, as well as is his curanderismo course on Coursera. He also teaches a continuing education version of the course in-person at the University of New Mexico.
In addition, we also drew upon the following sources for this episode.
- Mexican-American Folklore, by John O. West
- Curanderismo: Mexican American Folk Healing, by Robert Trotter II & Juan Chavira
- Witchcraft in the Southwest, by Marc Simmons
- Chicano Folklore: A Handbook (Greenwood Series), by Maria Herrera-Sobek
You may also want to check out some of our previous shows on the topic, including:
- Episode 34 – Biblical Magic
- Special Episode – Magical Saints
- Episode 53 – Papisticall Charmes
- Episode 67 – Curanderismo with Carolina Gonzales
We should be launching our newest podcast effort, Chasing Foxfire, in the next few months as well.
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Promos & Music
Title and closing music is “Pig Ankle Rag,” by The Joy Drops, and is used under a Creative Commons License (available at Soundcloud.com).
- La Tab – “Fuego Fatal”
- Sergei Cheriminsky – “Mother’s Hands”
- Turtle – “Grow Grotesque”
- Maria Pien – “Por me que lleva” and “Fruto prohibido”
The above songs can found at the Free Music Archive and Soundcloud and are used under a Creative Commons License. The song “Mariachi Dote” by Armando Palomas is from Archive.org, and used in the Public Domain.