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Curandera; Curandero

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Literally meaning "one who cures," these are the "Wise Ones" of Middle America and of Hispanic communities throughout the United States and elsewhere. The Curandero (male) is more common than the Curandera (female). He mainly deals magically with mental and emotional problems, such as possession, and rarely uses herbs or the other material items used by the bruja and brujo, who are closer to the European idea of Witches.