“The book…presents substantial historiographical analysis and epistemic reasoning on Mexican American curanderismo (traditional healing) and is particularly attractive for readers since the key arguments draw heavily from the author’s first-hand knowledge.”
“Overall, Hendrickson offers a good general introduction geared to readers completely unfamiliar with this topic.”
—Oral History Review
"A powerful and beautifully written ethno-historical study of curanderismo in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Brett Hendrickson deftly refuses to romanticize curanderos, their healing practices, or the men and women who go to them for help and guidance. He situates the complex religious and cultural realities of the historic and contemporary American Southwest, and shows how Mexican American lived borderlands religion fits within American religious history. Hendrickson’s portrayal of the rich and complex hybrid practice of Mexican American religious healing sets the new standard for how we will view healing, religious exchange, and hybridization among the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and beyond."
—Kristy Nabhan-Warren, author of The Virgin of El Barrio: Marian Apparitions, Catholic Evangelizing, and Mexican America
"Provides an important approach to the study of religions and healing, offering a history of Mexican American healing in conversation with some Anglo `new age’ religious healing. Difficult, yes, but splendidly handled by this author. Hendrickson advances discussions of religions, medicines, and healing, looking at these topics with new eyes; the book itself a conversation starter that I highly recommend."
—Stephanie Mitchem, University of South Carolina
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