Monday 3 August 2015

Magic School: Curanderismo Part 2: Traditional Healing

The University of New Mexico is running an online course called Curanderismo Part 2: Traditional Healing of the Spirit/Energy. You can take the course for free if you don't want a certificate at the end, or pay $49 for the full course with a certificate.

Curanderismo Part 2: will emphasise healing of the spirit/energy in 6 weeks of study, with 4-5 hours a week of lessons, starting on August 31. These will consist of short videos by well-known traditional healers from Mexico and the United States, reading and discussions - all done online. Although this is part two in a three-part series of courses, you can sign up for it even if you haven't already done part one.

The Syllabus

Instructor: Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, from the University of New Mexico

Description: This course will provide information on the history, traditions, rituals, herbs, and remedies of Curanderismo, a folk healing tradition of the Southwestern United States, Latin America and Mexico.

Optional texts:
1. Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing;Eliseo Torres and Tim Sawyer
2. Healing with Herbs and Rituals: A Mexican Tradition;Eliseo Torres, edited by Tim Sawyer
3. Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies;Joie Davidow

For further references on Curanderismo, students are encouraged to read the following books:
1. Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo;Brett Hendrickson.

The course is being run through Coursera and you can find the full details here:

Earlier this year I did a Coursera course called Magic in the Middle Ages, which was excellent. I learnt a lot - and only this week found out that I had successfully passed!

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