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Who is a real curandero?

 This is a very important question because there are many pseudo shamans and other personalities

Who is this

Curandero is a traditional native healer/shaman found in Latin America, the United States and Southern Europe. The life of a curandero is dedicated to the use of medicines for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual illnesses. The role of curanderos may also include those of psychiatrists, as well as doctors and “healers.” Some curanderos, such as Don Pedrito, the healer of Los Olmos, use simple herbs, water and even mud for healing. Others add Catholic elements such as holy water and images of saints. The use of Roman Catholic prayers and other borrowings and borrowings are often found alongside indigenous religious elements. Many curanderos emphasize their natural spirituality in healing as Catholics.

Curanderos are often respected members of the community. Believers believe their powers are supernatural and think that many illnesses are caused by lost evil spirits, a lesson from God, or a curse.

Curandero ( spanish:  [kuɾandeɾo] , целитель; е . Curandera ) or curandeiro ( Portuguese:  [kuɾɐdejɾu] , е . Curandeira ).

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The term “curanderos” dates back to the Spanish colonization of Latin America. Curanderos in this part of the world are the result of a mixture of traditional indigenous healing practices and European Roman Catholic rituals. There was also the influence of African rituals brought by slaves to Latin America. Curandero/a comes from the Spanish root curar, which literally translates to cure. Thus, the Curandero is the one who heals. Curanderos go beyond Western medicine by linking illness to evil spirits. This expands the duties of the curandero to cover not only physical ailments, but also psychological and interpersonal problems. Among the illnesses that Curandero/a helps with range from worldly stomach pain to certain spiritual illnesses such as susto, TZ de Hoyo and even reverse black magic. The traditional community sees all these issues as loss of spirit. They believe that curanderos can enter different dimensions where they can find solutions to a person’s illness or problem. Moreover, they believe that God or the Supreme Creator gives curanderos difficult and painful experiences so that they can better help their patients. In colonial Latin America, female traditional healers or curanderas were often identified as brujas (witches), which refers to those who cast spells; although curanderas during such times were most likely persecuted because they were women in positions of power rather than because of their healing methods. Today, many women and men continue the curandero tradition in Mexico and the southwestern United States.


Historically, in the United States, curanderos were found only in concentrated populations of American Indians. It was generally believed that Curanderos primarily practiced along the US-Mexico border. However, recent historical research suggests that the practice of curanderismo was not transferred to the American Southwest. The practice of curanderismo was common in the 1880s in northeast Tennessee. During the mid-to-late 1970s, the population of ethnic minorities and immigrants grew in tandem with the public presence of curanderos in areas outside the historical geographic regions of the United States that had large indigenous populations. Since the 1990s, it has become common to see curanderos in cities in the northern tier of the United States.

There are many different types of curanderos. Yerberos are primarily herbalists. Juseros are musculoskeletal therapists who focus on physical ailments. Parteras are midwives. Oracionists work primarily through the power of prayer. Other types include sobadores, masseurs, and brujas, witches.

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