NM museum to hold 'curanderismo' exhibit

Posted at: 03/25/2013 12:28 PM
By: RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Evil eye. Magical fright. A sick soul. These are all afflictions usually treated by traditional Mexican healers known as curanderos.

And this summer, an Albuquerque museum is planning an exhibit on the magical art of curanderismo, or the practice of traditional Mexican folk healing.

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology exhibit opening in May will offer displays on healing through herbs to getting a soul cleansing.

Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, the curator of the exhibit, says its purpose is to introduce to people to the healing field with indigenous roots that is growing in the U.S. due to immigration from Latin America.

The exhibit will coincide with a University of New Mexico curanderismo class that is expected to draw more than 200 people from around the nation.

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