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Common Beliefs

What is Curanderismo?
Who is a Curandero?

Many historical beliefs exist and each community may have varied practices, but in general these next beliefs seem to be prevalent in most curanderismo practices.

1.Mal de ojo: "an evil eye", commonly said to be caused by casting negative energy on someone

2.Susto: an altering fright that has caused health implications

3.Empacho: stomach complications

4.Caida de mollera: soft spot on newborn's head caves in

In curanderismo practices the healers have three states of common beliefs

1. Material level: practice while awake and use tools to heal

2.Spiritual level: practice while a metaphysical state or trance

3. Mental level : practice used channeling energy



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