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Cleansing Rites of Curanderismo


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An Introduction to Limpias and Curanderismo

The Intersection of Experience and Research

1 Coming into Being
A Modern-Day Xicana Curandera

2 Historical and Cultural Background
The Mexica and Yucatec Maya

3 Pre- and Postcontact Texts
Sources Used and Why

Commonly Practiced Limpias from Ancient and Modern Perspectives

4 Platicas Ejecting
Unwanted Energies from the Body

5 Fire Limpias
Transformation and Renewal

6 Water Limpias
Cleansing and Rebirth

7 Sweeping
The Way to Purification and Revitalization

8 Sacred Spaces
Creating, Vivifying, and Renewing





About the Author

Erika Buenaflor, M.A., J.D., has a master's degree in religious studies with a focus on Mesoamerican shamanism from the University of California at Riverside. A practicing curandera for over 20 years, descended from a long line of grandmother curanderas, she has studied with curanderas/os in Mexico, Peru, and Los Angeles and gives presentations on curanderismo in many settings, including at UCLA. She lives in Tujunga, California.


"Erika Buenaflor's new book, Cleansing Rites of Curanderismo, is a major contribution to a body of knowledge that has remained unrecognized for too long. It is particularly important because it takes curanderismo from the esoteric to the practical world. It is a long anticipated addition to our understanding of curanderismo." * Antonio "Tony" Zavaleta, coauthor of Curandero Conversations *
"Accolades to Erika Buenaflor's brilliant book Cleansing Rites of Curanderismo. This is a much-needed teaching and an important validation of this ancient sacred healing tradition, which must be widely used in tandem with allopathic medicine as an answer to our modern life maladies. As a practitioner myself, I highly recommend it." * Itzhak Beery, author of The Gift of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing *
"It is a pleasure to endorse Erika Buenaflor's book Cleansing Rites of Curanderismo on energetic and spiritual limpias. This publication will allow my students to explore the history and different types of limpias practiced by a number of shamans/curanderos/as. Highly recommended." * Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, Curanderismo: The Art of Traditional Medicine without Borders *

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