Curandera

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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.

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Sin embargo, esta defensa nacionalista del curandero criollo es muy limitada en el discurso positivista, tanto por la condena taxativa de las religiosidades populares en general, como por el sentimiento de amenaza--aun presentefrente a ciertos rebrotes "atavicos" del mesianismo local.
In large cities like Lima, it is not unusual to find a curandero operating from a store front next door to a modern hospital with patients lined up at both.
Actualmente, y desde hace un par de anos, Ayariri se encuentra bajo la tutela de Orlando Chujandama, un curandero oriundo de la region de San Martin, distrito de Chasuta, en una pequena comunidad semi-rural llamada Llucanayacu, donde nacio y crecio hasta la adolescencia, momento en el que tuvo que trasladarse a Tarapoto en la busqueda de una salida laboral.