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- DescriptionThe Mexican folkways described in this mograph, of scientific interest to anthropologists, will fascinate laypeople as well. Isabel Kelly collected these tes in the 1950s, as a diversion when official field work was t feasible, in the vicinity of Torreon and particularly in the nearby village of El Cuije, in rthern Mexico. She recounts folk customs and habits, focusing on beliefs and practices related to health and healing and on tions concerning magic. These form, Kelly believes, a core of folk culture which has survived tenaciously in the rural areas and on the outskirts of the cities, among mestizo families of scant education and limited ecomic resources. These people are well acquainted with simple, matter-of-fact illnesses which result from natural causes and which respond to treatment by herbal and other home remedies or by modern medicines. But they also recognize the evil eye and the emotional upset kwn as fright. They are thoroughly familiar with the ever-present danger of ailments which are t natural and God-sent, but which are deliberately inflicted by an enemy, through the artifice of a sorcerer or a spiritualist. Such instigated illnesses may take any form, from a cold in the head to a false pregnancy. If a person suspects that poor health results from such malevolence, he or she spurns Western medicine and looks instead to the witch or to the spiritualist as the only hope of a cure. El Cuije pays an annual quota from community funds to make available modern health services provided by the government. But community funds are similarly drawn upon to provide medical attention for those who repair to the sorcerers. Once a week the village truck takes all presumed witchcraft victims to a nearby town, where they receive clinical treatment from professional sorcerers. Kelly sees little that is genuinely indigeus in the beliefs and practices described; many of them demonstrably result from infiltration from the Old World in the years following the Spanish Conquest. She considers spiritualistic curing-important in rthern Mexico and many other parts of Latin America-in some detail, but the specific outlines of its history in rthern Mexico still awaited clarification at the time of her research.
- Author BiographyIsabel Kelly (1906-1983) lived and worked in Mexico, researching and publishing in archaeology and ethnology. She received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.
- Author(s)Isabel Kelly
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication21/11/2014
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleLLILAS Latin American Monograph Series
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight681 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
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