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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Chapter 1:The Road Home
  2. pp. 7-17
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  1. Chapter 2: Living in the Borderlands Means . . .
  2. pp. 19-27
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  1. Chapter 3: Work as Medicine
  2. pp. 29-49
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  1. Chapter 4: Curanderismo as a Template for a Mexican American World View
  2. pp. 51-65
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  1. Chapter 5: Healers and Their Clients
  2. pp. 67-92
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  1. Chapter 6: La Planta es la Vida: The Cultural Life of Plants in Curanderismo
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. Chapter 7: Curanderismo and Its Possibilities
  2. pp. 103-116
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 117-121
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 123-129
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 131-136
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 137-142
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 143-147
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781603443739
Print ISBN
9781603440998
MARC Record
OCLC
715188210
Pages
160
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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