New Mexico to offer free online 'curandero' class

Posted at: 06/01/2014 1:07 PM
Updated at: 06/01/2014 9:08 PM
By: RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico is going to offer a free online class on curanderismo - the art of traditional healing.

The school announced this month it will host the Massive Open Online Course as an offshoot of its popular curanderismo class offered on campus every summer.

Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, vice president for student affairs, says he will teach the class along with traditional healers from Peru, Mexico and New Mexico. He says the healers will show how traditional medicine is widely used among indigenous populations in the Americas.

Curanderismo is the art of using traditional healing methods like herbs and plants to treat various ailments.

Curanderos (coo-RAN-deh-DOHS) also could be found in parts of New Mexico, south Texas, Arizona and California.

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